Bridewell Museum Norwich

  • About
    This museum is a real treat. Beautifully composed displays lead you through a series of rooms on two floors that circle the courtyard of this historic building. As well as a clear time-line of the city’s dramatic history you’re introduced to Norwich people of all kinds in displays peppered with insights and anecdotes.

    A recent major re-furbishment saw curators able to start from scratch again and they have poured their love, of these collections and the city of Norwich, into this museum. Glorious bolts of Norwich stuffs (cloth), a chocolate enrobing machine, a gleaming pharmacy and drawer-fulls of valentine cards, spices and laced handkerchiefs are all here.

    Alongside industry and trade, religion and learning, another strong theme is the difficult lives led by many Norwich people. A room about the building’s history as a Bridewell or prison is harrowing in its detail. Talking head interviews with elderly former residents of Norwich’s famous ‘Yards’ have visitors glued to their seats.

    Stunningly displayed collections, engaging audio visual exhibits and, above all, a clear sense of purpose and direction to the layout, make a visit to the Bridewell Museum one to be cherished by locals and visitors alike.

    family activities
    adult learning
    curators are happy to arrange access to items from the collections’ stores. 2 weeks notice is required.
    enjoyable and rewarding volunteering opportunities available

    Recommended length of visit: 1.5 to 3 hours
  • Address
    Bridewell Alley
    NR2 1AQ

Connected Mandy members:

Alexander Helm
2012, Bridewell Museum Audio Tour
Narrator/Various Characters
Joanna Swan
Joanna Swan
2012, Audio history recordings
Aristocratic women, woman of Norwich