The Forum, Norwich

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The Forum in Norwich

The Forum is a community building in Norwich, Norfolk in England. It stands opposite St Peter Mancroft Church. Built on the site of the previous Norwich Library which burnt down in 1994, the Forum was designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners, and built as a millennium project for the East of England, being finished in October 2001.[1] The Forum is part of Norwich 12, a collection of notable buildings in Norwich spanning the Norman, medieval, Georgian, Victorian and modern eras.[2] It is visited by more than 2.5 million people every year.[3][4]

The majority of the public area of the building is occupied by the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium (NML) library, which spans across all three floors and has been regularly named as the most popular library in the UK.[5] The building is also home to the local Tourist Information Centre, and the BBC East offices and studios, where the regional television news bulletin BBC Look East and local radio station BBC Radio Norfolk are based.[2] An open mezzanine looks out across the floor and the glass front of the building, and currently houses a Pizza Express restaurant.[6] The amphitheatre-like steps at the front have provided a venue for functions such as amateur theatrical performances, outdoor opera,[7] musical competitions, art exhibitions, processions,[8] and celebrations. Because The Forum is funded partly by lottery grants, they hold certain events which are free of charge for people to attend. The Forum is commonly used as a meeting place, and the plaza area attracts skateboarders and free runners.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-04-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "The Forum Norwich - What. The landmark millennium project for the East of England". Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  3. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 1 | 1994: Library fire wipes out historic records". BBC News. 1976-08-01. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  4. ^ "The Forum, in Norwich - Free Events, Exhibitions, Family Entertainment, Millennium Library, Restaurants, Shops". Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  5. ^ "Norfolk & Norwich Millennium tops list of most popular UK libraries, The Guardian". 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  6. ^ "The Forum". Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  7. ^ "Norfolk - Entertainment - Open air opera at The Forum". BBC. 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  8. ^ "Dragon Festival Events". Retrieved 2012-12-20.

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Coordinates: 52°37′39″N 1°17′26″E / 52.62750°N 1.29056°E / 52.62750; 1.29056