Journal of Breckland Studies (JBS)

This very well regarded journal is published by The Breckland Society.

Its purpose is to stimulate interest and research into the special character of the Brecks so the area is better understood, appreciated and promoted by:

  • Publishing the results of research into aspects of the natural, built and social heritage of Breckland in a single, accessible journal.
  • Providing a resource for professionals and other stakeholders to inform landscape and heritage management policy and practice by disseminating information that is specific and local.
  • Creating opportunities for individuals and voluntary organisations to publish the results of their work so this reaches a wider audience and contributes to knowledge and understanding of the area.
  • Encouraging those working or volunteering in aspects of the Breckland heritage to further develop and expand their skills.
  • Stimulating interest and enthusiasm among those not already involved in natural or cultural heritage activities so they value the area and wish to see its special qualities protected and enhanced.

The JBS is overseen by an Editorial Panel, chaired by Professor Tom Williamson (University of East Anglia, History School) and with experts in the range of disciplines involved in the heritage of the Brecks.

Volume One of the JBS was published in June 2017, thanks to a one-off grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of “Breaking New Ground”, the landscape partnership scheme for the Brecks (2014–­17). Fully illustrated and running to a total of 80 pages, it contained six individual papers on a range of different Brecks-related subjects, from goshawks to military history and the lost diary of a 19th century amateur archaeologist. 500 copies were printed and distributed free of charge (as required by the terms of the HLF grant). Click here to download a PDF copy of Volume One.

Volume Two was published in 2018. Click here for more information, and to find out how to buy a copy. Copies are also on sale at most BrecSoc indoor meetings.

The Call For Papers for Volume Three has now closed, the authors are busy writing their papers, and we hope to publish it in Autumn 2019.

The publication of Volume One was part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Breaking New Ground - HLF Landscape Partnership                   Heritage Lottery Funded