We now have a mix of in person and Zoom meetings. Zoom meetings avoid travelling in the dark winter months and allow us to enjoy speakers who may not have been able to travel to in person meetings.  All members will be sent an email before the Zoom meeting with instructions on how to join. Zoom meetings start early and continue after the talk to allow members to discuss things of mutual interest.


Our in person  talks are usually held at the Diamond Centre, Details at the bottom of this page. After  the talk coffee/tea/biscuits are served.


Guests are welcome to join us for meetings, for a Zoom link please email putting NIAS24 Talk Invite into the subject line of the email to info@norfolkia.org.uk



4th April.  7.30pm at the Diamond Centre

Forncett Steam Museum by Rowan Francis  - . Quintin Room

The Forncett Museum  is an award winning collection of stationary steam engines, many rather large, and most in full working order. Om steam says they can be seen working. www.forncettsteammuseum.co.uk


2nd May, 7.30pm at the Diamond Centre

Ben Burgess by Ben Turner  in the  Jones Room

Ben Burgess and Company was founded in 1931 and has continued to grow as perhaps the most successful  for an agricultural engineering company in Norfolk.


 Sat. 8th June EERIAC - a day of Norwich Industrial History

In the morning we have talks  and in the afternoon a walk looking at Norwich Industries, including New Mills

Members will have received a booking form for a space, if you have lost it make contact and another will be sent. It is necessary to book as accommodation is limited and refreshments ordered.


4th July Social with fish and chips at The Wheel of Fortune, Alpington

Meeting from about 6pm, a chance to meet and talk with other members. Last year 29 attended.

A traditional village pub that welcomes us for a get together. A fish and chip van calls for those wishing to eat. A good choice of beers and other drinks.


 August outing - date and venues to be confirmed


 5th September , 7.30pm  at the Diamond Centre

The Shipping Forecast Tony Diamond in the Quintin Room


 3rd October , 7.30pm  at the Diamond Centre

 A talk to be confirmed,  Jones Room


 7th November, 7.30 on Zoom details will be sent to members

 East Anglian Malthouses and Malt Kilns Amber Patrick

Author and architectural historian  Amber Patrick will be talking about maltings from the 18th century to today. As well as historic buildings Amber will also look at the processes carried out inside these buildings.


 5th December AGM and Social Jones Room


Sprowston Diamond Centre, School Lane, Norwich, NR7 8TR

The Diamond Centre is a former school operated by Sprowston Council and houses a number of community uses.

It can be accessed from the outer ring road, from School Lane which is between the Wroxham Road roundabout and the Sprowston Road roundabout. You have to turn left into School lane so a loop round the Sprowston Road roundabout may be required to get onto the North carriageway.

There is a large free carpark to the rear of the centre, off Neville Road.  School Lane and Neville Road are marked in Green on the map.  There is direct access frrom the carpark into the building.

Past meetings are listed elsewhere on this site.

As always the Chairman welcomes suggestions of speakers. If you know anyone or have heard a good relevant talk please let him know.

If you can give a talk of interest to our members please get in touch with our chairman. He would particularly like to hear of members who can make a presentation to the Society, be it for a full evening (an hour to a maximum of hour and a half) or just 10 minutes on a members night.

Reasonable expenses and agreed fees are paid  to speakers (or nominated good cause). (Download notes for Speakers Here)

Note we are now also looking for speakers willing to give a presentation via Zoom

You can contact us using the details on the Contacts page.