Norfolk is often characterised as a sleepy backwater of Britain. In fact its closeness to continental Europe led it in the past to being at the cutting edge of contact with immigrant peoples, often bringing with them innovative developments and cultural influences. Compiled by two highly respected authors and curators at Norwich Castle Museum, this enthralling book features 100 objects all from the archive of the Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service that each tell a fascinating history of Norfolk and demonstrate the centrality of objects to understanding our past. Its coverage spans the period from the very earliest evidence for humans in north-west Europe, to the end of the twentieth century and illustrates famous former inhabitants, ranging from Boudica to Lord Nelson. The result is a fascinating and complex history which reveals the often crucial role Norfolk had in the development of our national story. This book will appeal to everyone interested in finding out more about the people, places and past practices of Norfolk through the objects, artefacts and relics of times gone by."