The Journal of Breckland Studies is a brand new illustrated, technical journal containing articles and information about the Brecks, it’s inaugural edition created as part of Breaking New Ground, overseen by The Breckland Society and with the intention of making it an annual publication. The first edition was published in June 2016 and available free in both hard copy and online. An editorial panel was convened, including members from the University of East Anglia, Breckland Society, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, and Breaking New Ground. Ten paper were submitted for the first edition and six were accepted. Three not included in the first edition will be included in the second edition, along with a fresh round of submissions. Five of the six papers were directly linked to Breaking New Ground projects.
Various aspects of the Brecks heritage are much better recorded and publicised as a direct result of this project. One paper (Frank Norgate) is the first-ever published account of an important local figure; the two military-related papers highlight the value of volunteer-led research into this poorly documented chapter in Brecks history; the Goshawk paper presents the scientific findings of a ground breaking monitoring exercise; and that on Ground Disturbance presents the theoretical and practical impacts of a vital landscape management technique for the area; as well as the paper on Palaeolithic archaeology which provides an overview and update on latest developments in what is one of Britain’s most important areas for that period.
Work on volume two of the journal started immediately after the very well received first edition, for publication in early 2018. Upon confirmation of a sustainable model, financially and logistically, there will be regular future issues.
Hard copies can be obtained FREE of charge at Brandon Country Park, Mildenhall Museum, Ancient House Museum, and Brandon Heritage Centre while stock last. You can also download your FREE copy here
Papers are currently being sought for Volume 2. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit the Breckland Society's website for more details.
James Parry, Breckland Society Chairman