The landmark Millennium building for the East of England and a stunning example of 21st century design
The Forum sits on a pre-conquest settlement, inhabited by French settlers after the Norman invasion. During the Reformation the site was home to immigrants from the Low Countries - known as 'Strangers' they contributed significantly to Norwich's textile trade.
More recently Norwich Central Library was located here. Destroyed by fire in 1994, it provided the opportunity for massive archaeological excavations of the site.
Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, The Forum is a £65million project, built to mark the millennium in the East of England.
The main section forms an enclosing horseshoe, made from handmade load bearing bricks with several windows. The glass façade forms a stunning entrance and embraces the marvelous Gothic church tower of St Peter Mancroft.
The Forum was funded by the Millennium Commission with support from Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council and the business community. The building is open to the public every day and houses the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, Norwich Tourist Information Centre, a busy, open-plan café, a Pizza Express restaurant, BBC East and a City College Norwich project to assist young people into paid employment. Inside The Forum there is also a free to enter digital gallery, the Fusion Screen, and a 120 seat auditorium, the Curve. The Forum, which is run by a self-financing, charitable trust, also hosts a year-round line-up of events, exhibitions, activities and entertainment, most of which are free.
Daily 7am–midnight (opening hours for individual services vary).