The Square Box on the Hill

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

10 February – 3 June 2018

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Featuring never-before-seen archives and artefacts from Norwich Castle’s 900-year history, this exhibition explores the history of Norwich’s ‘square box on the hill’.

Model of Norwich Castle and its defences and boundaries as they appeared in the 12th century

Standing atop the largest man-made mound in the country, Norwich Castle has dominated the city’s skyline since the 12th century. Its story can be seen in a new light in this in-depth exhibition, which is informed by a wealth of new research.

Built as a royal palace, Norwich Castle was a Norman showpiece with lavishly decorated interiors. By the 14th century, it had become the County Gaol; but with the opening of a new prison at the end of the 19th century, the castle’s fate was uncertain – until its conversion into a public museum, which it remains to this day.

The Square Box on the Hill illustrates this rich history through a mixture of prints, models, paintings, architectural plans and memorabilia – and offers a view onto the castle’s future, with plans from the £13.5m Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project, which will transform the keep back to its original form, also on show.

Venue information

Opening times

2 Jan – 29 Jun, 1 Oct – 31 Dec
Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm
Sun, 1 – 4.30pm

30 Jun – 30 Sept
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 1 – 5pm

Closed 1 Jan, 24 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)