Stories from archive with a political slant.
20 Apr 2015
In honour of the arrival of spring here is a blog on a farming and livestock theme.
04 Aug 2014
Over 6,000 members of our staff went to fight for their country, some of them left jobs not very different from those we do today and some from offices we still occupy. In this blog I want to share the experiences of just a few of these men as they left their desks for the battlefield.
05 Mar 2014
Sometimes the conservation of our archive material can reveal new information - even on Aviva's more famous customers.
22 Nov 2013
The death of Charles Noverre in 1920 effectively saw the end of family links which were over 120 years old, but I can't finish this series of blogs without reference to two further family members to whom fleeting references appear in the company records.
21 Nov 2013
Charles was the first of our Noverre dynasty to put insurance before dancing. Leaving his elder brother, Frank William Bianchi Noverre, to run the dancing school; Charles took up an apprenticeship in the Norwich Union Life Office in 1861 at the age of 16 when his father, Frank, was still serving on the board.
20 Nov 2013
Son of Francis, and fellow director and dancing master of Norwich. He first appears in the board minutes for 1835 where he is variously referred to as F Noverre Junior or Frank Noverre.
19 Nov 2013
...son of Augustin (who reputedly fled to Norwich thinking he'd killed someone) and nephew of Jean-Georges "the Shakespeare of the dance". Francis ran a dancing school in the Assembly Rooms in Norwich and was an early director of Norwich Union Fire. Although he is not listed on the original deed of settlement he certainly joined the board fairly soon after its establishment and is listed as a director in the supplementary deed of 1805.
This week archivists throughout the country are coming together with a campaign called Explore your Archive to highlight the astounding variety of material in our collections and to inspire people to explore the amazing items we have worked to collect and keep safe.
26 Jul 2012
Today the Olympic flame reaches Westminster where we can trace our history back to 1696 and the foundation of the Hand-in-Hand.