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We offer a small number of illustrated talks for groups. Each talk is 45 minutes in length, with time at the end for questions.

Our standard talks are:

  • The work of the Norfolk Record Office (NRO): We explain how we collect, preserve and make documents accessible to everyone. It includes images of documents demonstrating the breadth and depth of our holdings, from the earliest document (c1090) to the present day.
  • Beginning your family history: We talk through how to use and access sources such as census returns and parish registers and how these can help in compiling your family tree.
  • Tracing the history of your house: We explore how to use maps, sales particulars and written material to uncover the physical changes to your home and discover its previous inhabitants. 


Each talk costs £180, which includes travel expenses and staff time.

We can also tailor each talk to your group's location or interests: additional research costs £60 per hour.


Please contact the education and outreach team at if you would like to arrange a talk.

Talks on a variety of topics are also available through the Talks and Speakers Register of our charitable partner Norfolk Heritage and Archives Development Foundation (NORAH) (opens new window).


We offer visits for groups looking to find out more about the work of the NRO and its holdings. All visits are fully accessible, and include:

  • An introduction to the NRO
  • A tour of the building including:
    • An introduction to using the searchroom
    • A peek inside our strongrooms to see where our documents are kept
    • An explanation of the equipment and work within the Conservation Studio
  • Time to explore a number of original documents relating to your local area or a topic of interest


Tours cost £120 per group, which is payable at the end of the session.


Visits last about 90 minutes to two hours and can take place on any weekday morning or afternoon.

If you would like to arrange a visit outside of these times please contact us to discuss other possibilities.

Group size

Due to the nature of the visits, we can take a maximum of 20 people per tour.

If you would like a tour for a larger group, please contact us to discuss possible alternatives.


Please contact us at to discuss available dates and specific requirements relating to your visit.

Smaller groups are welcome to book on one of our regular Behind the Scenes Tours which can be found in our latest What's On booklet or online (opens new window).

Working together for all of Norfolk's archives

The NRO isn't just the home of one of the UK's great archive collections, it is also a centre of expertise.

We want to know more about how we can share this knowledge to help you care, preserve and share the county's other great archive collection: the one collected, researched and treasured by local history groups, community archives and individuals throughout Norfolk.

Working in this way we hope we can support and sustain our county's unique archive ecology. If you would like to know more about how we might be able to help one another, please get in touch with us.

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