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Thursday 8th September to Sunday 11th September


We would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful ladies from the C&TA for creating such a wonderful exhibition. It was enjoyed by every person who visited.

In conjunction with the Heritage Open Days and the Costume and Textile Association (C&TA), we exhibited a stunning collection of Norwich Shawls, antique costume from the 1880's, needlework tools and sewing machines including the personal history of the items and their connection to Norwich. Enthusiastic members from the C&TA were available throughout the opening times of the exhibition to answer questions, discuss the history of textiles or just to have a chat, including Helen Hoyte MBE, author of 'The History of Norwich Shawls' (her times are yet to be confirmed).

For more information on the Costume and Textile Association, please visit their website    www.ctacostume.org.uk  


Heritage Open Days is the Country's largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four day event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new - all of which are completely free to explore.

Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People's Postcard Lottery. Established in 1994, it is England's contribution to the European Heritage Days, which is held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention.
For more information and to fin our about events across England visit

Some of the lovely messages left by our visitors to the exhibition, too many to list them all.

"Wonderful C&TA exhibition, thank you" - Sarah

"Hearing about winding clamps, very interesting" - Barbara

"Very knowledgeable staff"  - Jayne

"Small space but amazing collection. Interesting, enjoyable, would like to see more"  - L. Ellis

"The wonderful Norwich Shawls - well exhibited. Thank you for raising the shawl profile!" - Audrey

"Very interesting and well displayed" - Rosemary

"Interesting, helpful advice, a lost art relived" - Marion





 July 22nd - August 12th 2016

From the library of a collector


PART 3 1910-1953



Some scarce titles now available to view and purchase in our upstairs exhibition room.

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A comical message left by one of our customers

"Found out I'm worth a bob or two" - Roy





July 1st - July 17th 2016

From the library of a collector


PART 2 1890-1910



Some scarce titles now available to view and purchase in our upstairs exhibition room.

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April 30th - May 15th 2016 



Selection of artists, exhibitions, price guidelines and small selection of 'How to' books.


  April 12th - April 26th 2016



We were so excited to welcome back this very talented group of local photographers.

Some photographs of the stunning photographs!



Some of the lovely messages left by our visitors to the exhibition

"Wow, what a talented group of people. Very calming exhibition" - Jules

"Nice exhibition with high standard, enjoyed my visit" - Abigail

"Well done everybody"  - Helen

"Another splendid exhibition - congratulations"  - Annette

"An inspiration to me to try harder" - Charles

February 19th - March 6th 2016
This exhibition had many people excited and a
very extensive list of people who requested a catalogue.
The sale was a success as we had a lot of
rare and scarce books
and many people came to view the collection as they may
never get the chance to see some of the books again.
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 November 21st - December 31st 2015



We were so excited to welcome back these two highly popular artists.

Bob last exhibited with us 2 years ago and his work proved to be highly popular with our visitors.

Brian regularly exhibits his work on our walls and continues to remain highly popular.

Some of the lovely comments left by our customers can be found below:

'Great pics Bob'  Katherine Burston

'Bright colours. Very nice!' Sam and Diana

'Novel. Bought the Rook' Nicholas Vincent

'Keep it going. Good works' Rosemary




October 3rd - October 25th 2015


In collaboration with the newly revised 'Old Pubs and Breweries of Norwich' by Frances and Michael Holmes, a collection of local pub memorabilia was on display in our upstairs exhibition room.



A few of the lovely comments left by some visitors. Thank you.

'Off for a pint' Lee Hamilton

'Brought back some happy memories' H. McGlyn

'Very nice indeed' Adrian Last

'Great for lunch Break but gonna have to came back!!' Gary Boast (who did return)

'Fantastic exhibition, well worth a visit' Pat Burrows

'Gave us a nostalgic thirst' Brian & Jean Frank

'Excellent find for a Friday afternoon' Kate DeHart

Saturday 22nd August - 27th September 2015



A large collection of Art Books from a private collector available to view and purchase.

New Art Books will also be available to view and purchase.





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All books were available to view and purchase in our upstairs exhibition room.

This proved to be a very popular sale with many happy customers finding local books they had been searching for, for years.



Great Yarmouth in Print

An exhibition of rare books, pamphlets & ephemera relating to Yarmouth & Gorleston dating from the early 18th Century to the 20th Century.




   Some pictures of our superb exhibition.

Another one we are very proud of.


Tuesday 10th March - Tuesday 24th March 2015

We were pleased to welcome back

Norwich Photographers



A selection of photos of the Norwich Photographers exhibition.

Another amazing exhibition held by these talented individuals. 


January 2nd - March 3rd 2015

 We held a half price second - hand book.

As always, it proved very popular and was actually extended.

Brian Lewis prints remained on sale.




15th November 2014- onwards

We were really pleased to welcome

back the highly successful local artist


This was his most successful exhibition

to date and we have now decided to

have his work on permanent display (well almost...)


11th October - 26th October 2014

We held another highly successful Norfolk Book sale. 

14th June -  13th July 2014

The Art of the Fishing Club Menus



An exquisite exhibition which showed the stunning artwork used on the annual dinner menus.

 16th April - 1st June 2014

-The Victorian Age-
A major exhibition of photographs and books from the early days of discovery.
This was such a popular exhibition, we actually had to extend it but if you missed it,
here are a few photographs.

1st February - 23rd February 2014

We held a beautiful exhibition by a group of

extremely talented local photographers.

Their work was stunning, incredibly professional and

everyone who was lucky enough to visit the exhibition were very impressed.

They only have one exhibition a year and we were lucky they chose us this year!


February 10th - February 23rd 2014

 For the first time, the Dragon Festival held a

Dragon Trail

and we were lucky enough to be a part of it.

Throughout the half term holiday,

we had hundreds of children (and adults!) 

completing the trail form. 



23rd November - 24th December 2013

We were pleased to welcome back Brian Lewis who exhibited

some his wonderful prints including a few news ones.

From the wonderful comments left in our visitors book,

we weren't the only ones pleased to see him again.

We also ran an exhibition of local memorabilia to promote

the wonderful books that had been published in 2013, off which there were many.



19th October - 17th November 2013

Alan Penton and Paul Zawadzki.

The exhibition looked amazing and we were so sorry to see it dismantled.

Although their work is very different, they complimented each other beautifully

and we were so pleased they agreed to exhibit at our shop.



12th September - 13th October 2013

 'The etchings by the Norwich School of Artists'

This exhibition ran in conjunction with the Heritage Open Days.

We were very proud of this exhibition

and the feedback we got from some of the visitors was very encouraging.

Thank you to everyone to visited and wrote such lovely comments in our Visitors Book.



8th June - 7th July 2013

'Norwich Boot & Shoe Trade'

An exciting exhibition of some of the beautiful Boots and Shoes

manufactured in Norwich over our long history in the trade.

The wonderful garments have been kindly lent to us

by some of Norwich's finest Shoe Manufacturers such as

Start Rite, Florida and Broadland Shoes.

This event is ran in conjunction with the launch of a

new book by 'The Story of the Boot and Shoe Trade' by Frances and Michael Holmes

which looks at the history of this fine tradition.

We would like to say a big thank you to Frances and Michael

who organised this event and wrote a wonderful book.

4th May - 2nd June 2013

'Broads for Hire'

A wonderful exhibit of individual boatyard catalogues,

photograph albums, railway posters and

ephemera from 1890's to present day.

Here are some pictures from that exhibition

which show some of the rare material on display.

Thank you to Stuart Press who lent a large of part of his collection;

Berney Bobbin for the loan of his Broads photograph album

and Philip Bray for his photograph albums.

April 2013

We once again welcomed Brian Lewis and his works to the shop. 

A number of his limited edition prints were

purchased during this brief but popular exhibition. 

We still have his excellent greetings cards for sale in the shop at �2.25. 

February - April 2013

Robert Sanderson Exhibition

Local artist Robert Sanderson held a successful exhibition during which

10 of his large original works of art sold as well as several of his smaller items. 

One of Robert's works of art was featured by the

Eastern Daily Press when the exhibition began.

September 2012

Norwich Plans and History of Davey Place Exhibition

In September we held an exhibition on Davey Place in order to celebrate the 200th Anniversary. 

This was in conjunction with a display of original plans of Norwich and included talks about the history.



August 2012

Brian Lewis Exhibition

We held a successful selling exhibition of the works of Norfolk Artist Brian Lewis and still have greetings

cards based on his work for sale at �2.25 each.

July 2012

Robert Ladbrooke Exhibition

We held an exhibition about Robert Ladbrooke and his views of the Churches of Norfolk.  This was the subject of a large feature in the Eastern Daily Press.

We are still selling the Church Lithographs by Robert and John Berney Ladbrooke (circa 1820-1840) all original and mounted at �25 each (inclusive of VAT). Please phone in advance to confirm availability and reservation for your Church from the list. Call 01603 626113 or email info@citybookshopnorwich.co.uk to reserve your Church. 


March 2012

Norfolk Books Exhibition

We held a very successful 8 day selling exhibition of rare Norfolk books, which was featured

 in the Eastern Daily Press.


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