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Cromer & District on Film and Video

Whilst the Friends of Cromer Museum and other local societies can't hold their regular meetings and talks, we thought we'd gather together some film and video material on local history themes. We'll gradually be adding items.

Several months ago a lot of Cromer folk embarked on a project to commemorate 75 years on from VE Day, 8th May 1945. Part of the plan was to create a river of poppies from one of the windows of the church. We were asked to keep a video record of the making of the thousands of poppies. As we all know the plan can't come to fruition this year but will be completed in 2021; here's the story so far. It's introduced by extracts from the video "Cromer in the Second World War".


The stories of the north Norfolk towns over the last 1,000 years have been built largely around their fishing communities.This video brings together what we know of those stories, as the 'Crabs' of Cromer and the 'Shannocks' of Sheringham earned their living from the sea. Run time 67 minutes. If you'd like to watch it on your TV, go to your Youtube channel and search for 'Poppyland Publishing'.

At the local talks series for the Friends of Cromer Museum on Friday evenings, photographer Paul Damen gave a presentation on 'How Cromer was Photographed'. He's put the talk together as a video which you can watch here. If you'd like to watch it on your TV, go to your Youtube channel and search for 'Poppyland Publishing'.

The story of Clement Scott and Poppyland goes back to his first visit to the area in 1883, probably at the behest of the Great Eastern Railway, keen to promote visitors to north Norfolk. His popularisation of 'Poppyland' led to many significant developments in the area. Runtime 45 minutes. You can also view it on TVs with YouTube ability; search for Poppyland Publishing.

Landscape historian Chris Barringer was an inspiration to many local historians across the county of Norfolk. Here he take us to the villages he wrote about in his book 'Exploring the Norfolk Village'. Runtime 45 mins. You can also view it on TVs with YouTube ability; search for Poppyland Publishing.


Committee member of the Friends of Cromer Museum Paul Damen has put together for us a short sequences of Cromer images from the last ten years. You may spot groups of people on the romenade and in the town! Runtime 8 minutes. You can also view it on TVs with YouTube ability; search for Poppyland Publishing.


It's a couple of years since Gareth Davies came to talk to the Friends of Cromer Museum about the Victorian showman Pablo Fanque, a native of Norwich. A fascinating life story which Gareth has now made available to us as an on-line Powerpoint. Runtime 42 mins. You can also view it on TVs with YouTube ability; search for Poppyland Publishing.

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