Norfolk Museums Development Foundation

Keep Adopting




Adopt one of an eclectic range of medieval objects – from a precious gold ring to a knight’s sword – each with their own fascinating story. Enjoy exclusive benefits, including getting up close to ‘your’ object.

Artefacts are available to adopt until the Summer of 2020. To guarantee delivery of your adoption pack for Christmas 2017 please adopt before Monday 18th December 2017. All anonymous adopters must contact keep.project@norfolk.gov.uk to receive their adoption pack as your contact details are not forwarded to us.

For more information on the corporate appeal please contact:
Jo Warr on jo.warr@norfolk.gov.uk

Adopt an object

“I used to spend hours at Norwich Castle – goggling with wonder at not only the ancient and medieval artefacts, but at paintings, costume, and a most scintillating array of precious and decorative objects that made me positively drool over the glass cases!”

Stephen Fry

How it works

To create a palace for the people, we need the support of the people.

So far, over 90% of £13.5m needed for this exciting project has been raised through local and national grant-giving organisations, including generous support of £9.2m from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are now launching our public fundraising campaign to help raise £50,000 towards the target to ensure Norwich Castle ‘keeps’ on giving and inspiring generations to come.

1. Choose an object

Please choose from the objects below, from beautiful jewellery to swords, from snap dragon to a bird whistle.

2. Donate

Donations can be made via a Just Giving page which is specific to each object. Please don't forget to gift aid - it all helps. If you choose to be anonymous you will not receive your package.

3. Adoption package

Silver or Gold adoption packages are available. The gold package is a unique adoption for just one person, several people can adopt a silver package object.

What you'll get...

Silver Adopters*

Digital certificate

Free Castle tickets to visit your object

Online recognition of your adoption

Digital image of your object for personal use

An invitation for a special event in Spring 2018

Gold Adopter*

All Silver Adopter features

PLUS

Invitation to an exclusive curator led talk about your object

Digital screen listing within the Castle

Printed certificate

Choose an object

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£25

Lion Ring

Silver adopters* On display

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Lion Ring

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2515 left

Size

2.6cm with lion

Description

Made of gold.

Is there someone in your life who you love to bits even though they test your patience? Found in East Carleton, Norfolk, this highly unusual 15th century gold ring is adorned with a moulded lion which is soldered to the band. The details of the lion’s head and face are nearly worn smooth from the years it was used as jewellery. The band is finely engraved with the Flemish words ‘Ich lidet gherne’ (I bear willingly), possibly referring to tolerance or forgiveness. A perfect anniversary gift or item for a local resident or someone with an interest in local history.

Adopted by

Ark Brenda Gostling Anonymous Michael Harber Sonkai Jewellers

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£25

Bollock Dagger

Silver adopters* On display

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Bollock Dagger

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£255 left

Size

Length 42.8cm

Description

Made of iron and an ivy wood handle

Do you know someone who’s got an admirable amount of fight in them? They could be the perfect recipient of this medieval Bollock Dagger.These daggers, also known later as ‘kidney daggers’, were used in battle as a side-arm, alongside other weapons such as the sword. These versatile daggers were carried by all social classes, from knights to peasants, and could also be used as domestic knives. The handles were often carved from hardwood and this one has an ivy root handle. This fascinating item may appeal to a budding gardener, gardening group or a foraging foodie type, as well as anyone with an interest in medieval weaponry.

Adopted by

Sara Cameron Richard Fair David Hill David Burgess Anonymous Christmas Gift Shaun Mary Stuart Haysman Steven Miller Anonymous Christmas Gift Miranda Hucker Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous Christmas Gift Pete Lunn Grosvenor fish bar Anonymous Christmas Gift

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£500

Manuscript

Gold adopter** On display

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Manuscript

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£500

Description

This intricate manuscript, dated 1400-1499, was created in East Anglia for the Diocese of Norwich and we anticipate it appealing to museum supporters, local writers and illustrators, writers’ groups, religious or ecclesiastical societies or perhaps local businesses such as designers, printers or an organisation with a long history. Elaborate lettering, borders in colour and gold and 13th century illustrations make this a fascinating object and, as a gold supporter, you will be invited to an exclusive talk by castle experts who will guide you through its important history.

Adopted by

Anonymous

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£25

Gold and Garnet Ring

Silver adopters* On display

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Gold and Garnet Ring

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2520 left

Size

Diameter, 2cm; Length of stone setting 1.1cm

Description

Made of gold and garnet.

The castle jewels! This gold ring is a remarkable survivor found during excavations of the ground floor of Norwich Castle Keep in 1986. Its dazzlingly large garnet is half the size of the ring itself. The band and stone are still in excellent condition. The ring may be 800 years old and would have been worn by a wealthy man or woman in the 13th century. This would be a delightful gift for a proud Norwichian, a local history enthusiast or that certain someone in your life who likes a bit of bling!

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£500

Bastard Sword

Gold adopter** On display

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Bastard Sword

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£5001 left

Description

One for local historians, epic battle enthusiasts and would-be knights of all ages! This majestic 15th century sword is of a type which became popular among medieval knights due to the increased use of plate armour on the battlefield. Wielded with two hands, the superior length and weight of this weapon meant it could deliver a more powerful blow to an opponent. This one has a pommel which is rounded at the tip, and straight quillions at right angles to the grip. An object with wide appeal, this would make a fantastic retirement gift, a heroic romantic gesture, or perhaps an inspirational way to remember someone who had a fighting spirit.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£300

Grimstonware Jug

Gold adopter** On display

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Grimstonware Jug

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£300

Description

Made of Earthenware.

A family affair. This lovely medieval green-glazed jug, dates back to the 14th century and would have been used by medieval Norfolk families as ordinary tableware. It is typical of the decoration from the medieval pottery production sites at Grimston, near Kings Lynn. This would make a lovely item for a family that wanted to put their name to the historic Castle keep restorations or perhaps to celebrate a special family occasion or anniversary. It would also appeal to those with an interest in ceramics or local history or perhaps a local family pub or restaurant looking to raise their profile.

Adopted by

Sally Bate - 'Congratulations on all your exciting plans!'

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£500

Shoe

Gold adopter** On display

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Shoe

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£5001 left

Description

A brilliant object for a local fashion business, a walking group, or someone with an interest in historical clothing, this shoe dates back to the 1500s and was found at St Benedict’s Gate in 1951. Unbelievably, this left boot is fully intact and in amazing condition. It would have been worn by a medieval worker as they went about their daily life in Norwich and is a fascinating piece to see up-close. This is also likely to appeal to local history enthusiasts or perhaps a large local employer wanting to give back to the city and workers that have supported it over the years.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£750

Cannon

Gold adopter** On display

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Cannon

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£7501 left

Description

Have you got a big celebration or anniversary coming up? Do you want to make a lot of noise about something? This cannon, amazingly found near Lowestoft, Suffolk, can certainly help you do that. Thought to be used in the 14th century and made from iron, this breech-loading cannon is perfect for an organisation that wants to raise its profile, announce a milestone anniversary or perhaps launch a new product or service. This object will also be of interest to museum supporters, local historians and weaponry enthusiasts and thanks to its ‘gold’ status meaning that its adopter will be able to attend an exclusive curator-led event.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£500

Decorated Dog Tile

Gold adopter** On display

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Decorated Dog Tile

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£5001 left

Description

You may have just found the perfect object to adopt for that dog-lover or ceramics enthusiast in your life. This remarkable medieval tile is believed to have been made in the 1400s and includes the badge and name of Sir John Talbot, the first Earl of Shrewsbury, the noted military commander who was appointed to Constable of France by the King. Glazed and decorated with Lombardic text and an adorable image of a dog, this may also appeal to a local veterinary practice, kennels or animal-friendly business. This tile is incredibly unusual and part of the prestigious collection of items on display at the Castle, similar tiles would have decorated the homes of Norfolk’s well-to-do in the 15th Century.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£25

Bascinet Helmet

Silver adopters* On display

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Bascinet Helmet

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2514 left

Description

Made of steel.

For your (male or female) knight in shining armour! This helmet, dating back to the early 1400’s, was found on Mousehold Heath in Norwich itself. It’s findspot might mean that it was used during Kett’s rebellion, perhaps taken from a local church by one of the rebels. It is incredibly rare and a wonderful example of the armourer’s art in the medieval world. Sponsorship of this item would be the perfect way to let someone know that they are your hero – or perhaps even your knight in shining armour?

Adopted by

Robert Hall Susan Harrison Gavin Locke Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous Christmas Gift Bob Stebbings (adopted as a gift by Jayne Sturman)

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£100

Baptist Alabaster

Silver adopters* On display

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Baptist Alabaster

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£1004 left

Size

31cm high; 14.5cm wide

Description

Made of alabaster.

A wonderful opportunity to adopt a rare religious artefact and be a part of this historic initiative. This painted and gilt plaque depicts the head of John the Baptist in the centre, and his soul is being carried to heaven at the top. St Peter stands on the left holding a small key, and St Thomas Becket stands on the right. ‘Jesus Pity’ showing his crucifixion wounds is at the bottom of the plaque. An ideal item for a local church, christian group, someone with an interest in religious artefacts or a supporter of the Castle who wants to be a part of its historic Keep project.

Adopted by

Janet Havers - 'I was Guide Lecturer from 1966-1971 and spent much of my time in the Keep. I also spent time cataloging Mr Cheetham's collection of alabaster photographs In preparation for his book. Happy to support.'

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£300

Ear Scoop

Gold adopter** On display

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Ear Scoop

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£300

Description

Pardon! Are you lucky enough to have a great listener in your life? Perhaps you know someone renowned for ‘selective hearing’? This quirky ‘ear scoop’, found in Wiveton, Norfolk in 2007, amazingly may date back as far as Roman times. The ladle-shaped tip was used to scoop out ear wax, while the other split and curved end was used to clean under fingernails. This item may appeal to those with an interest in local history, a band or music group who don’t take themselves too seriously or maybe even a well-being business wanting to raise its profile in the city.

Adopted by

Radley and Kate Fenn, Coleman Opticians Hearing and Vision Centre - 'Well done on a great project #Keepgiving.'

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£100

Wedding Ring

Silver adopters* On display

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Wedding Ring

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£1004 left

Size

Diameter 1.9cm; 6 mm wide; 3mm thick

Description

With inscription, made of gold.

The Perfect wedding or anniversay gift! This heavy medieval gold ring has the Latin words “AMOR. VIRTVE. NVTRITVR.” inscribed on the inside of the band, which translates as “Love is nourished by virtue”. The ring was found in Thetford nunnery, and the inscription has survived perfectly since it was made over 500 years ago. This would be an ideal gift for a newly-wed couple – or for an anniversary – particularly if they got married right here at the Castle!

Adopted by

Anonymous

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£150

The Helmingham Breviary

Silver adopters* On display

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The Helmingham Breviary

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£1502 left

Size

43.5cm tall; 31 cm wide; 10cm deep

Description

Manuscript made of vellum / parchment.

A one-off, intricate piece of ecclesiastical history from Norwich itself. This masterpiece has 205 pages of prayers and passages used in the Roman Catholic Church’s daily services. It was probably used in St Leonard’s Priory at Mousehold Heath, Norwich, from 1420, and was illuminated with gold leaf and blue, red and black ink. The Tollemach family of Helmingham Hall, Suffolk, were a tolerated Catholic family when they bought the manuscript during the Protestant Reformation in the late 1500s. We anticipate that this piece will have wide appeal to local historians, those with an interest in theology or ecclesiastical history – as well as many of our museum supporters.

Adopted by

Simon Chapman Jean Peel First Copy Corporation Ltd

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£30

Oyster Shell Blue Palette

Silver adopters* On display

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Oyster Shell Blue Palette

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£308 left

Size

Approx. 4.5cm long

Description

A very rare piece of 13th century history found in here in Norwich. This is one of two rare ‘oyster shell palettes’ found in Norwich – amazingly in two separate locations. Oyster shells were used as paint palettes in the production of items such as wall paintings and intricate manuscripts. This one dates back to the 13th century and astoundingly still has traces of the expensive blue pigment azurite – the most popular blue pigment in the medieval period – visible within it. This was found at Greyfriars, Norwich and would be a lovely item for an artist or creative person, local history enthusiast or someone who just wants to make their mark on the prestigious Castle Keep project.

Adopted by

Anonymous Christmas Gift Lucy Wrapson

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£25

Lion Head Buckle

Silver adopters* On display

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Lion Head Buckle

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2512 left

Size

Length 5.8cm ; width 4.1cm

Description

Made of copper alloy.

Mythical and medieval. This 900-year-old medieval buckle was found at Bromholm Priory, near Bacton, Norfolk. Two mythical beasts hold the crossbar in their mouths, as their manes form the loop and a cat-like head decorates the top of the pin. This is a fascinating item for anyone interested in medieval dress, costume or mythology, a Bacton resident or someone with an interest in local history.

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£100

Bird Whistle

Silver adopters* On display

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Bird Whistle

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£1001 left

Size

Length 3.5cm; width, 2.3cm; height, 3.9cm

Description

Made of ceramic.

Calling all ornithologists and nature-lovers! This charming, tiny bird whistle, measuring just 3.9cm high and dating back to medieval times, was found by an eagle-eyed worker during the excavations for Castle Mall. It is astonishingly intact and full of character. This would be a lovely quirky gift for a nature-lover, a great item for a nature or conservation group to sponsor or a fascinating item for anyone with an interest in local history.

Adopted by

Vanessa Trevelyan Penny Ridley Jane Claridge Anonymous

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£300

Cauldron

Gold adopter** On display

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Cauldron

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£300

Description

Made of copper alloy.

Stir their imagination. Although this medieval copper alloy cauldron, found on Bishopsgate, Norwich, looks like it might have been used for magic spells and potions, was actually originally used to prepare big batches of stew and broth in a medieval home. It was found around 1860 during building work for new cottages and in 1865, Sir John Boileau, Vice President of the Institute for Archaeology, bought it for the museum’s collection. This would be a lovely item for anyone with an interest in local history, the foodie who has everything, a local eaterie wanting to raise its profile or perhaps it could even ‘stir’ the imagination as a ‘magic cauldron’ for fairytale, magic or Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Adopted by

Wanda Djebbar

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£25

The Fastolf Sword

Silver adopters* On display

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The Fastolf Sword

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£259 left

Size

Total length 88.5cm, grip 8.6cm long

Description

Made of steel

Let them know they are a legend! This sword is believed to have been associated with local legend and famous knight of Caister-on-Sea, Sir John Fastolf. Fastolf died in 1459 but his legend lives on in Shakespeare’s plays and even in today’s computer games including the ‘Age of Empires’ series. What better way to let someone in your life know they are a legend?

Adopted by

David Gurney Jeff Jordan Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Peter Gallop (adopted as a gift by Stephanie Gallop) Timothy Seely Mal Wallace Felix Maddox (adopted as a gift by Esther Morgan) Philip Arkinstall Des Hart (adopted as a gift by Beverley Hart) Jodie, Jasmine and Joseph Ladbrooke Chloe Smith Anonymous Christmas Gift James McSweeney and Alexandra Hupton Lizzie Stewart Anonymous Anonymous Christmas Gift John Griffiths Jnr. Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous Christmas Gift Lucas Williams (adopted as a gift by Caroline Williams)

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£25

Scabbard and Buckle

Silver adopters* On display

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Scabbard and Buckle

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2511 left

Size

Total length 7.3cm, width 3.6cm; buckle 17mm across.

Description

Made of leather and copper alloy.

Not what you’d expect to find at Castle Mall! This medieval scabbard was discovered during excavations for Castle Mall right next to the Castle itself. This would have been used in battle to hold a dagger as a second weapon. The leather is stamped with diamond shapes and the copper alloy terminal is finely decorated with punched holes, engraved lines and a saw-tooth edge. The leather tongue would have attached to a buckle so it could be worn on a belt. This would be of great interest to any local history or weaponry enthusiast and is a particularly fascinating item to view up close.

Adopted by

Holly Webster

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£25

Bone Flute (section)

Silver adopters* On display

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Bone Flute (section)

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2512 left

Size

length 8.7cm; width, 1.3cm

Description

Made of bone.

One for the performer in your life. Perhaps you have a budding musician in your family or even a particularly loud friend or colleague? Let them know that you wouldn’t have them any other way by sponsoring this medieval carved bone flute in their name. This flute has one remaining tone hole which was carefully carved to form a good seal with the player’s finger. It is likely that whoever played this would have also beat a tabor drum with their other hand so this could also be a great item to adopt for a master multi-tasker, anyone with an enthusiasm for music history or a supporter of the Castle.

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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I’m adopted!

£1000

Cathedral Infirmary Door

Gold adopter** On display

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Cathedral Infirmary Door

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£1000

Description

Made of wood and iron.

The keys to the kingdom. This breath-taking door was the entrance to Norwich Cathedral Infirmary between 1272 – 1285. The boards are original, as is the fine wrought ironwork which shows two facing dragons at the top, their tails turning into scrolls. Each door also displays five intricate scrolls ending in stamped trefoils, rosettes, leaves and discs. This would be a magnificent item for a local business – perhaps with a health or wellbeing connection, a group affiliated to the Cathedral, a local history enthusiast or a  Castle supporter.

Adopted by

Friends of Norwich School

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£30

Silver Coin Brooch

Silver adopters* On display

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Silver Coin Brooch

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£308 left

Size

Approx. 2.1cm

Description

Made of silver and gold gilt.

Found by a metal detectorist in Wymondham in 2008, this curious silver brooch was made from an Italian coin, minted in Lombardy between 1236 and 1250. Unusually, the coin has been punched through the middle to create a ring shape. The silver coin was turned into a brooch and gilt in gold in around 1300. This would be a lovely gift for anyone with an interest in Italian history or with Italian ancestry – as well as local history enthusiasts or even fans of popular TV programme The Detectorists!

Adopted by

Anonymous Kristel De Wulf

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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I’m adopted!

£500

Altar Piece

Gold adopter** In conservation

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Altar Piece

Gold adopter** In conservation

Price

£500

Description

Made of wood.

This beautifully carved wooden panel is being carefully conserved to reveal the original 500-year-old paintwork underneath later Victorian layers. The Virgin Mary and the Christ Child are flanked by two saints by fine columns and trace-work arcading. A saints’ calendar from 1503 is attached to the side of the piece. A unique gift for anyone interested in ecclesiastical history, theology or historic restoration. The adopter of this item will also get to visit the museum and observe some of the conservation work itself!

Adopted by

Mark Pendlington - 'Congratulations NMDF on securing the future of Norwich Castle as a great national centre for heritage, culture and learning for generations to come.'

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£100

Spearhead

Silver adopters* On display

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Spearhead

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£1002 left

Size

Length 19.3cm; 3.3cm wide

Description

Made of iron.

Bravehearts! This spearhead, found in Little Ellingham, Norfolk, comes from a medieval spear which may have been over two metres long. Spears were used by foot soildiers standing in two rows. The front row would use their spears to knock enemy shields and weapons out of the way and the second row would stab over the top. This would be an exciting item for anyone with an interest in local history or weaponry or a great way to let someone know you think they are a brave soldier.

Adopted by

Angela Haylock

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£500

Breastplate

Gold adopter** On display

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Breastplate

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£5001 left

Description

Made of steel.

This 15th century iron breastplate was found in 1856 during the excavations for Colman’s starch works. It was made in Italy, though its historic labelling reads ‘German 15th century armourer’s mark’. This would be a wonderful item for anyone with an interest in local history, a fantastic way to let someone know that you will be their protector … or even that you think they really cut the mustard?

Adopted by

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£25

Falchion Sword

Silver adopters* On display

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Falchion Sword

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2514 left

Size

total length 95.6 cm; blade 80 cm long and 5.5cm wide; weight 904g

Description

Made of metal.

Norwich’s very own Excalibur? Dated circa 1320, astonishingly this Falchion sword was found in the river Yare at Thorpe St Andrew. Featuring mythical monsters engraved on its brass pommel this is a very rare example of a cusped Falchion, with a ‘cutaway’ shape on the back edge of the blade. This item would wow any local history or weaponry enthusiast and is sure to inspire anyone with a great imagination and a love of myth and legend.

Adopted by

Sara Cameron Tim Seely Peter Gallop Chloe Smith Eileen Banks Graham Clarke

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£500

The Matlaske Pendant

Gold adopter** On display

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The Matlaske Pendant

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£5001 left

Size

Total height 4cm

Description

Made of gold

This gold crucifix, found in village of Matlaske, Norfolk, is the front plate of a pendant made to hold a saintly relic (a reliquary).  The surface is engraved with the crucifixion scene, showing St John the Baptist and a bishop at the foot of Christ’s cross. It is inlaid with black enamel and the shape is a ‘tau’ cross, which is linked to St Anthony. This would be an exquisite gift for a local history enthusiast – perhaps even a resident of Matlaske itself – a museum supporter or even a unique way to let someone know you think they are a bit of a saint. Adopters of this gold-level item will be invited to exclusive talks and events to learn more about its fascinating history.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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I’m adopted!

£1000

Snap Dragon

Gold adopter** On display

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Snap Dragon

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£1000

Size

Length 387cm; height, 173cm; width 99cm at wing-tips

Description

Made of wood, canvas and textile.

We are looking for one lucky supporter or organisation to snap-up this crowd-pleasing piece of local history. Snap dragons were used for over 500 years in Norwich festivals and this wonderfully colourful character continues to draw a crowd at the castle even today. This particular costume was used in the 1700s-1800s and people wearing it would snatch hats from the crowds using moveable jaws, and create sparks and roars using gunpowder to everyone’s amazement. This is a fantastic opportunity for a museum supporter or perhaps a local firm to raise their profile by doing something a little different and help demonstrate that there always has been, and always will be, much to celebrate in our fine city of Norwich.

Adopted by

Jeremy Clarke - Computer Service Centre

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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£25

Poleaxe

Silver adopters* On display

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Poleaxe

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£2516 left

Size

1.89 m tall; head 16.9cm wide; spike 19.4cm

Description

Made of steel

Do you have a hero? Let them know by sponsoring this spectacular pole axe from 1470 in their name. This is likely to have been used in battle by a knight or soldier, the axe blades cutting through the armour plates of enemies. The hammer and spikes were also used in combat and the long handle could block an enemy’s strike. This would be a fantastic item for any historical weaponry enthusiasts or would-be knights!

Adopted by

Ida Falk Eileen Banks Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£30

Swan Bone Flute

Silver adopters* On display

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Swan Bone Flute

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£3010 left

Size

25.6cm long

Description

Made of bone.

This one’s for you! One for musicians, local history enthusiasts or perhaps even one of the many businesses at the St Martin at Palace Plain area of Norwich where this 12th century flute was discovered in 1971. Dating back to the 12th century, this incredible instrument is carved from swan wing bone. The four tone holes are carefully shaped to make a good seal with fingers and the usage pattern suggests that it was probably played one-handed, the player used their other hand to beat a drum or tabor. One of Norwich’s earliest street performers perhaps?

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£30

Oyster Shell Red Palette

Silver adopters* On display

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Oyster Shell Red Palette

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£308 left

Size

Approx. 4.5cm long

Description

Made of shell.

Found right in the centre of Norwich during excavations at The Forum! During medieval times, oyster shells were often used as paint palettes for intricate wall paintings or manuscripts. Very few oyster shell pallettes have been found from this period and astonishingly this was found during excavations for the Millennium Library at the Forum. It is anticipated that this item will spark interest from artists or art groups, those interested in local history and would make a lovely gift for any creative friends or family members.

Adopted by

Valerie Dollman Robert Warnes

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£30

Gold Brooch with Garnet

Silver adopters* On display

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Gold Brooch with Garnet

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£302 left

Size

2.2cm at widest.

Description

Made of gold and garnet.

An affair to remember. This beautiful gold and garnet love token was found in Alby with Thwaite, Norfolk. Originally decorated with two red garnets in tapered oval settings, one garnet has amazingly remained in place since the 13th century! The inscription translates as “I am here in place of the lady”, so the brooch was probably worn as a love token by a wealthy man. It was found by a metal detectorist in Alby with Thwaite in 2006. A breath-taking gift for anyone with a romantic side or an interest in local history.

Adopted by

Janet Robertson Heather Hunter-Crawley (adopted as a gift by Ellen Parkinson) Helen Meadows Paul Warren Anonymous Christmas Gift Sarah Muscroft (adopted as a gift by Michael Muscroft) Anonymous Rev. Zephney Kennedy

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£25

Gemellion Bowl

Silver adopters* On display

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Gemellion Bowl

Silver adopters* On display

Price

£255 left

Size

Greatest width 24.6cm; height, 3.7cm

Description

Medieval 13th century water bowl made of copper alloy.

What do you get that foodie, traveller, antiques enthusiast or collector in your life who has everything (and no room to put anything else)? How about a priceless gemellion bowl created by the famous Limoges enamel works in France? And best of all they won’t even have to dust it. Give the person who has everything an unforgettable gift by making them a part of history and sponsoring this beautiful object at the castle in their name. Gemellions were used to wash hands after a meal. This wonderful example dates back to the 1200s and depicts an elaborate hunting scene. This may also appeal to a local pub or eaterie wanting to raise its profile with visitors to the Castle.

Adopted by

A.D. Lowe Anonymous Jill Golzen (adopted as a Christmas gift by Isobel Rose) Anonymous Christmas Gift Anonymous Christmas Gift

*Please note:
More than one adopter per object. First adopter can elect to adopt all instances and upgrade to the Gold Adopter benefit package.

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£450

Statue of St Christopher

Gold adopter** On display

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Statue of St Christopher

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£450

Size

155cm high; 44cm wide; 23cm deep

Description

Made of stone.

Put you or your loved one’s name to this incredibly rare item and be a part of history! This soft stone statue of the patron saint of travellers, illustrates the legend of St Christopher carrying the Christ child across the river with water rippling at his ankles. It is incredibly rare for statues of St Christopher to be so complete, as religious statues were defaced during the Reformation, rejecting the Roman Catholic religion in the 16th century. The Christ Child in this statue has been defaced. This might appeal to someone with an interest in travel, sculpture, religious artefacts, a local church or christian group – or someone wanting to support the Castle and its exciting Keep project.

Adopted by

Susan and Peter Rowe - 'Brilliant fundraising strategy! For anyone who would like to see a unique huge Medieval wall painting of St Christopher, please visit All Saints Church, Church Lane, Hemblington nr Blofield NR13 4EF'

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

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I’m adopted!

£500

Bigod Arch

Gold adopter** On display

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Bigod Arch

Gold adopter** On display

Price

£500

Description

This intricately carved doorway, originally reached by a much grander staircase and tower, is an architectural masterpiece! Named after Norfolk’s wealthy family of Earls, the Bigod Arch was the ceremonial Norman entrance for the privileged few who were invited to the Royal Palace. It was originally painted in vibrant colours, designed to inspire awe in visitors, but also demonstrate great skill and riches. The highly decorative carvings contain many symbols of Greek mythology. On your next visit look out for Pegasus, the winged horse, a knight on his knees, thought to be Hercules, as well as an eagle and a dragon! The arch represents the project as a whole as the Gateway to Medieval England.

**Please note:
This is an exclusive object to adopt. Only one adopter required. First adopter only receives full Gold Adopter benefit package. Subsequent adopters do not.

Keep Giving

If no-one has part adopted an item on the Silver package, you can pledge the complete amount and be upgraded to Gold. This maybe particularly suitable for a group of people like a school or community group.

Our plans are not yet ‘set in stone’. We’re still developing our ideas, including themes and storylines for the new Keep displays.

We’re keen to hear what you’d like to see and do in the remodelled Keep. Send your feedback to keep.project@norfolk.gov.uk

Other ways to donate

By text:

Text KEEP17 £3 to 70070 to donate to Norwich Castle Keep and make a difference today

Via JustGiving:

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By post:

Send a cheque payable to Norfolk Museums Development Foundation to Keep Giving, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ.

Keep Sakes

Our range of exclusive Keep Giving mementos are perfect gifts! Available from the Shop at the Castle (free entry). All proceeds to the Keep Giving campaign.

An array of exclusive mementos available from the Shop at the Castle

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