Thomas Browne

Haymarket

Thomas Browne

Thomas Browne

Haymarket

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written by: George Szirtes
animated by: Adam Buxton

"Browne's voice has a lovely but courteous informality, the informality of a practical man of great curiosity in the act of thinking and musing. I thought he should introduce himself as he might to a modern stranger and to mention his work and interests. He might even be a little modest or ironic, about his "trifles and profundities"

George Szirtes

Artist: Henry Alfred Pegram

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) was a polymath and author whose varied and original works demonstrate the vast scope of his interests and learning. Browne was deeply curious of the natural world and had a keen interest in the burgeoning field of scientific enquiry. His writings range in subjects from science and medicine to the religious and esoteric. His writing style is equally diverse, making his body of work very difficult to categorise. Browne chose to settle in Norwich to practice medicine and spent the majority of his years in the city.

Once you have listened to Thomas, explore ‘Homage to Thomas Browne’ the objects/sculptures at Thomas’ feet, designed by Anne & Patrick Poirier.

Visit Thomas’ grave at St Peter Mancroft Church next door to his statue.

Learn more about Thomas at his dedicated website (http://www.sirthomasbrowne.org.uk) produced by The Shift Norwich (www.theshiftnorwich.org.uk)

View documents and other materials relating to Thomas at the Norfolk Records office (http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/view/NCC106641)