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    The Norfolk HODs festival takes place from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 22, with ten days of free tours, talks, walks, open days, exhibitions, performances and shows planned across Norfolk.

    The Forum is an integral part of the festival with the full HODs  programme coordinated and promoted by the building’s charity trust.

    Throughout the festival, The Forum will also be the base for a HODs information point, offering a place to pick up maps of the city and ask HODs expert volunteers questions about any of the events.

    Portraits of Life

    New for this year is the Portraits of Life exhibition featuring over 40 photographs of Norwich taken by photographer Jack Roberts after the Second World War and before the redevelopment in the early 1970s. The photos have never been publicly exhibited and it’s an opportunity to take a look at how Norwich once was and hear stories from those who lived and worked there.

    The exhibition will be on display throughout the whole festival from September 13 to 22, open daily from 10am to 4pm in the Gallery at The Forum. 

    Talks at The Forum

    The Forum is hosting a programme of 24 pre-bookable tours, covering everything from a Norwich suffragette to historic wherries. 

    Many talks are now fully booked, however some topics still available include: 

    • Crowdsourcing the Past: Digital Communities and Digital Heritage - Sep 16 at 4pm 
    • Mabel Clarkson - Sep 17 at 4pm
    • Miriam Pratt: A Norwich Suffragette - Sep 20 at 12pm
    • The Power of People in Place - Sep 21 at 4pm
    • The People Power that is Saving Historic Wherries - Sep 18 at 2pm
    • Putting on a Pageant: Norwich 1578 - interactive talk for families - Sep 21 at 10am

    To see the full list of available talks and to book your free place, visit theforumnorwich.co.uk/hods/tickets

    Behind the Scenes Tours 

    Behind the scenes tours of The Forum, a millennium building at the heart of the city, will be running on September 17 and 18. Participants will be taken to parts of the building not usually open to the public, including the Auditorium and Library Stacks Room, and weather permitting there may also be the chance to go up onto the roof and enjoy some spectacular views across Norwich. These tours are now fully booked. 

    Dare to Dream Craftivism Workshop

    Award-winning activist and founder of the global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, is delivering Dare to Dream workshops exploring stories of  those in history who made their dream for a better world a reality, to inspire and empower us to be changemakers for the future. Participants will hear about Sarah's form of gentle protest, before stitching their own dreams and aspirations onto specially designed dream clouds. These workshops are now fully booked. 

    Talking Statues 

    The festival will be your last chance to take part in the Talking Statues trail, which sees ten of the city’s historic statues given the gift of the gab. Trail maps will be available to pick up from The Forum throughout the festival from 10am to 4pm each day. Follow the route and swipe your smartphone over the nearby statue plaque to get a call back from Lord Nelson (voiced by Stephen Fry) or Julian of Norwich (voiced by Sarah Perry and Olivia Colman). 

    Children and young people will also have the chance to take part in Talking Statues arts and crafts activities on Saturday, 14 September as part of Arts Award Discover. This is an introductory award and encourages children and young people to take part in arts activities, find out about artists and their work and share their discoveries with others. Simply turn up and take part on the day from 10am to 4pm.

    For further information contact Katie Ellis, Event Producer for Heritage Open Days on 01603 727950 or email hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk