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Champagne, Charleston and Pearls.

Here at Vintage Norwich we love a little luxury and glamour and so we jumped at the chance to go along to Winsor Bishop this Saturday for their Champagne and Pearls event in celebration of The Gatsby film.

Winsor Bishop extended their shop two years ago, but the original shop has beautiful wooden fixtures that house their pearls and a range of vintage jewellery.



The lovely cabinets and two of the staff dressed up for the occasion.


Just a few of the vintage pieces on sale.


A stunning original 1920’s headpiece – unfortunately a little out of our price range.

To get into the atmosphere two dancers from Swing Tonic kept the crowds entertained dancing the Charleston throughout the day. You can book them for private lessons and dance exhibitions and they hold regular free dance classes at Revolution De Cuba on Wednesday evenings.


We spent a lovely day trying on vintage pearls and watching the dancing.  Although Winsor Bishop stock very beautiful and expensive pieces their pearls start from £75 and they also offer a re-stringing service.  The staff were all very helpful and very friendly so if you have a special birthday or want to treat yourself pop on by.

They also let us into a little secret – they are opening a champagne bar upstairs for brides to be to come along a choose their engagement or wedding bands in style.


Winsor Bishop can be found at 39-43 London Street, visit their website or find them on Facebook or Twitter

Norfolk at the Pictures

Did you know there used to be a cinema where Topshop is now in Norwich city centre? Or that Norwich’s very first purpose built cinema was built in 1912 on Magdalen Street and demolished in the 1960s?

Norfolk at the Pictures is a heritage project developed by Cinemaplus at Cinema City that aims to capture people’s memories from the Golden Age of Cinema and Cinema going in Norwich and create a Screen Heritage centre at Cinema City.

As part of the project graphic designer Nick Stone has created a series of “Cinema Ghosts” along the same lines as his series of Blitz Ghost photos of Norwich during the Blitz. The photos superimpose old photographs of Norwich cinemas onto the present day landscape. Some are now in different use, others have disappeared completely. You can see the full set on Flickr.


Today we take going to the cinema a little for granted. It’s expensive, but at big out of town multiplexes has lost a little of it’s magic. Back in the early days of film Cinemas were often grand palaces. Ornate art deco buildings, the insides decorated in red velvet and gilt. The Norfolk at the Pictures project is encouraging people to share their experiences of going to these cinemas, their memories of what they were like and what films they saw. These cinemas saw first dates that became marriages, saturday morning children’s matinees and a whole host of other memories it would be a shame to lose forever.

The lottery funded project runs day courses for adults on Cinema and throughout 2013 will run a series of pilot evenings and special screenings.

cinema ghost2

The first special event is this Saturday at 11am, which is a chance to find out a bit more about the project. There will be presentations from the East Anglian Film Archive and Norfolk Record Office and a special screening of archive films as well as the chance to see more of Nick Stone’s Cinema Ghosts on the big screen. The event is free, but you should contact marc@cinemaplus.org.uk to book a place.

You can find out more about Norfolk at the Pictures on their website or Facebook page


FILM: The Lodger (re: 2012) (1927)

Cinema City, Norwich

2nd September 2:45pm

Employing an Expressionist style, Hitchcock described THE LODGER as “his first true film” and subtitled it “A Story of the London Fog”.

A murderer obsessed with blondes, a love triangle, accusations flying..

it’s fascinating to see how the director used the camera to tell the story in the silent era.


Vintage Shopping : Shade of Pale


Magdalen Street has become a bit of  ‘must go to’ destination in Norwich. One of the newest additions is the shop Shade of Pale (near Lloyds TSB bank) which opened in April 2012. Owner Bren Tuttle is no rookie on the vintage scene, having sold at Aladdin’s cave both in the shop itself and at the Saturday fleamarket.

With a lovely big shop front, walking past is a bit like walking by a sweet  shop, with lots of things to draw the eye. The shop itself has several sellers, which makes for an eclectic mix of china, furniture and collectables.


The shop was full browsers and shoppers, and with treasures dotted everywhere it’s a great place to look for inspiration for your home. The great thing about a vintage inspired home is that you can create something eclectic or stick to a decade, use an array of vintage items or just dot a few items like an old camera on a bookshelf or something pretty on your dressing table to add interest. However you choose to style your home, buying vintage items adds a uniqueness that’s special.


Anyone looking to recreate a kitchen like your gran had, or build a dinner service that’s either for everyday or a special occasion should take a look in this shop. The great thing about shops like this, is that you never know what you’ll find and sometimes that’s something that you didn’t even know you wanted! It’s always fun to see how people react to items that bring back a memory for them too. One shopper picked up some bowls then  recalled to her friend how her mum used to have these same bowls and how they were brought out at Christmas for the prawn cocktails, another shopper cooed at some vintage Sindy and Barbie furniture.



As well all these lovely items from the past, Bren is also a supporter of local designers too. Displayed in one of the several cabinets was a collection bangles and necklaces which had been cleverly created by up-cycling cutlery. All created by Tom Green of Filby Fayre Creative Crafts, like many things in this shop, these really would make a great gift.


This shop is a fabulous little gem, it’s one to put on your list of shops to explore if you haven’t already. You can find Shade of Pale at 67-69 Magdalen Street. The opening hours are Tues-Fri 10:30am-4pm and Sat 10am-4pm.

Visit the Shade of Pale Facebook page


FEATURED EVENT FILM: Vampyr (1923) – Live Score by Steven Severin

Cinema City, Norwich

29th June 9pm

Germany, France 1923, 75 mins

Following on from his Blood of a Poet UK tour in the winter of 2010, Steven Severin returns with his new score for VAMPYR, the third in his ongoing film accompaniment series – Music for Silents.Live in person, Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Severin presents a mesmerising synthesis of sound and image, heightening appreciation of the surreal and enigmatic nature of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR (1932).

The unsettling tale of fear and obsession finds its aural counterpart in Severin’s suitably textured score, a synthesised, highly atmospheric soundscape drawing the viewer rhythmically into the oneiric imagery on screen.