South Asia Collection (aka Country and Eastern):
I don’t know where to start with this gem – a shop, a museum, a stunning architectural delight? Whatever descriptor, it ticks the box as an enthralling place to visit in Norwich and I can guarantee you won’t leave empty handed. Borne out of the passion of the owners Philip and Jeannie Millward who got the Asia bug travelling on the 1970’s, they’ve dedicated their life’s work to conserving and promoting the traditional arts, crafts and cultures of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Central Asia.
The collection is housed in a restored Victorian roller skating rink in the centre of Norwich. The building is a Grade II listed architectural gem, with a dramatic and truly beautiful arched wooden roof. It’s home to the museum and shop which stocks stunning textiles and furnishings sourced direct from craftspeople in the Asian region. Whether you’re looking for cushions, clothing made from soft Indian cotton, rugs, dhurries, kilims, lamps, ornaments or jewellery, you’ll find something to take your fancy here. On my last visit three ancient bronze goat bells from Afghanistan made they’re way home with me. Not sure the alpacas appreciate them but I had to have them!
For more details see their website and make a day of it in Norwich with The Cathedral and the iconic market place just a few minutes walk away.
NR2 1NR – 34 miles (50 minute drive) from West Heath Barn