Sir Thomas Brown Day


Sir Thomas Browne Day Events 2019

Sir Thomas Browne Day is an annual celebration of the life and work of the 17th century physician and polymath, who lived in Norwich for most of his adult life until his death on 19th October 1682. The events on and around his birth- and death-day, 19 October, are a chance to find out more about this interesting and ‘curious’ man, partnering this year with the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, St Peter Mancroft and Fairhurst Gallery.  Full details and directions can be found on the website


Monday 14 October-Sunday 20 October

Display of a selection of Browne’s books and papers in the Heritage Centre in the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library – look for a glass case and pop-up banners


Until 29 October 2019 

Quin : An exhibition of new work by Tazelaar Stevenson, an artist who is fascinated by grids and whose work is influenced by Thomas Browne and the Quincunx.
Visit the Gallery and Quin exhibition Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Fairhurst Gallery, Bedford Street, Norwich NR2 1AR


Tuesday 15 October 7pm-9.30pm
The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF

A double-bill of talks – see other side of flyer for details

Pay-what-you-can. Book your seat at


Saturday 19 October – Sir Thomas Browne Day

10am-12pm Cleaning the sculptures on Hay Hill
Maggie and Marion will be on Hay Hill for the annual birthday clean of the sculptures ‘Homage to Sir Thomas Browne’ by international artists Anne and Patrick Poirier and available to talk to people about Thomas Browne and the work on Hay Hill.

11am-12pm Performance on Hay Hill
Norwich-born Browne scholar Kevin Faulkner performs in costume (subject to weather).

1-2pm Thomas Browne Concert in St Peter Mancroft Church
Marcos Garrido Jiménez Trombone and Neil Jones, piano. Donation to St Peter Mancroft

2.30pm Tour of St Peter Mancroft Church by local Browne expert and Mancroft parishioner Barbara Miller: A tour of the artefacts kept in the church where Browne and his family are buried. Free/donation to St Peter Mancroft Church



Friday 22 November 2.30-3.30pm; Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich Castle

Thomas Browne’s Retreat to Earth

A talk by Professor Claire Preston, Queen Mary University (London)

One of a series of talks in relation to an exhibition celebrating the work of the author W.G. Sebald on the 75th anniversary of his birth; at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with The University of East Anglia until 5 January 2020.