Special Exhibitions - Information for Groups

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Special Exhibitions at Norwich Castle & Time and Tide Museum

Norwich Castle

Admiral Nelson

Nelson & Norfolk

29 July - 1 October 2017

This major exhibition gathers together some of the most important and potent objects connected to Admiral Lord Nelson, reflecting his naval victories, his relationships and above all his affection for his native county of Norfolk.

It examines Nelson’s reputation and the extraordinary way in which his life and achievements were commemorated at the time of his death and have continued to exert a powerful fascination in the two hundred years since.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the vast Tricolor Ensign of the French warship Le Généreux and is displayed along with other significant objects including the black velvet drape from his funeral car, a uniform worn by a Greenwich Volunteer who guarded Nelson’s coffin during his two day lying-in-state and the most iconic portrait of Nelson painted by William Beechey in 1801.The exhibition also features major loans from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Royal Collection.


Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness

21 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

The nationally important collection of Rembrandt etchings held by Norfolk Museums Service is at the heart of this new exhibition.

The exhibition showcases Rembrandt’s explorations of light and darkness, through selected loans from the National Gallery, the Royal Collection, the British Museum and the National Galleries of Scotland, together with the Castle’s extraordinary collection of 93 etchings by the great artist.

One of the world’s most renowned and innovative printmakers, Rembrandt’s handling of light and shadow expressed purely through the medium of lines and the space around them, was unsurpassed. This exhibition highlights this less well known aspect of his output, comparing prints with a selected group of paintings and drawings, to show how physical and metaphorical light and darkness meet and combine across Rembrandt’s work.

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Norwich Castle: The Square Box on the Hill 

10 February - 3 June 2018

Standing atop the largest man-made mound in the country, Norwich Castle has dominated the City’s skyline since the 12th century. Witnessing the ever-changing cityscape from its heights, the Castle has had many iterations of its own over the last 900 years. But what is the story of Norwich’s iconic and much-loved square box on the hill?

This exhibition illustrates Norwich Castle’s rich history from Norman showpiece to County Gaol to public museum. Through a stunning mixture of prints, photographs, paintings, architectural plans, memorabilia and archives, many of which have never been on display before, the exhibition sheds light on this fascinating and complex building. But the Castle’s journey does not end there; The Square Box on the Hill showcases the latest exciting plans for the Castle’s future.

Alongside this exhibition and inspired by the Castle Keep project, the East Anglia Art Fund Open Art Show (3 March - 20 May 2018) explores the theme of heritage and inheritance. Featuring selected works by artists from across the region, the Open Art Show presents a contemporary take on treasures cultural and personal.

The Paston Treasure

The Paston Treasure: Riches and rarities of the known world  

23 June – 23 Sept 2018


Norwich Castle, in collaboration with Yale Center for British Art, is staging a major exhibition which takes the extraordinary painting, The Paston Treasure (c. 1663-5), as its starting point. Gathering together some of the depicted treasures in this mysterious painting for the first time in three centuries, the exhibition explores the world of the Paston family and their magnificent collections once held at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk. 

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Titanic: Honour & Glory

1 April – 24 September

Titanic has become the most famous ocean liner in the world: from her conception to her premature demise, the Titanic legend continues. With this exciting touring exhibition we explore this famous ship, her sister ships and their owners, the White Star Line, as well as revealing the local links of some of its passengers.

Featuring genuine artefacts from the Titanic and her sister ships, together with memorabilia and items from the Great Yarmouth Museums collections, Titanic: Honour & Glory is a must for all ages fascinated by this endlessly compelling story.

Only in England

Only in England

21 October 2017 – 25 February 2018

This touring exhibition from the Science Museum/National Media Museum of photographs features work by renowned photographers, Tony Rae-Jones and Martin Parr. 

Fascinated by the eccentricities of English social customs, Tony Ray-Jones spent the latter half of the 1960s travelling across England, photographing what he saw as a disappearing way of life. Humorous yet melancholy, these works had a profound influence on photographer Martin Parr. 

Group Bookings

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Norwich Castle is perfect for group visits with parties of 10 or more enjoying a daytime visit at a discounted admission price.

Opening times: Mon-Sat: 10am – 4.30pm; Sun: 1 – 4.30pm

Special tours of the exhibitions are also available to book at an additional cost of £4 per person. For admission prices, to book a tour or to find out more about arranging a group visit please telephone: 01603 493636 or email: norwichcastle.bookings@norfolk.gov.uk.

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Time and Tide Museum extends a warm welcome to group visitors.

Group Prices: (10+ people)
Adult £5.20 (Normal price £5.70), Concession £4.90 (Normal price £5.40), Youth groups and Non Norfolk County Council Schools/ Foreign Language Schools £4.15 (Normal price £4.55), Group leader free

Opening times:
Summer opening: 1 April – 31 Oct 2017. Every day, 10am – 4:30pm
Winter opening: 1 Nov 2017 – 28 March 2018, Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 12 – 4pm

To book a group visit and for more details please contact Pat O’Grady on (01493) 743943 or e-mail yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk.