Members of the First Copy team were delighted to visit Norwich Castle last Sunday for a Keep Giving campaign update and to see the Helmingham Breviary (sponsored by First Copy) up close.
It was great to discover more about the objects up for adoption and see how we are contributing towards a fantastic project that will provide amazing new facilities for visitors to the Castle from across the region. Over 90% of the £13.5 million required to recreate the Norman Palace and improve the visitor experience has now been raised.
The special event on Sunday brought together Adopt an Object sponsors for a couple of hours while the museum was closed to members of the general public. We were lucky enough to take part in a tour of the Square Box on the Hill exhibition about the colourful history of Norwich Castle as a palace, then a prison, and finally a museum.
Next, were then taken on a tour of the keep to see several of the objects available to sponsors including medieval weaponry, jewellery, and the breviary sponsored by First Copy. The Helmingham Breviary is a beautifully intricate vellum manuscript probably used by St Leonard’s Priory at Mousehold Heath from 1420. It was illuminated with gold leaf and blue, red and black inks, and is a unique example of its kind with strong links to Norwich.
First Copy's Rebecca takes a closer look at the breviary
Finally, we had the rare opportunity to visit the Castle’s fighting gallery, which isn’t usually open to the public. Situated at a level above the present keep balcony, it gave us a great opportunity to see from high up how and where the reconstruction of the Norman Palace would be undertaken.
There is still time to Adopt an Object yourself by visiting the Norfolk Museums Service Keep Giving website.