Upcoming Events

Wednesday September 4, 7:30 pm
Emma Turner, Photographer and Naturalist
Talk by James Parry

Breckland Society Chair, naturalist and author James Parry will be giving a talk on the pioneering naturalist and photographer Emma Turner (1867-1940) on Wednesday 4th September, at 7pm for 7.30pm in Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Tickets are £7, in aid of Swaffham Community Hospital League of Friends. Tickets can be obtained from Ceres Bookshop, Swaffham, or email Gill Burns on gillburns12@gmail.com Cheese and wine after the event. Pay bar available.

Note: This is not a Breckland Society event; please do not email the Secretary!


Friday September 13, 7:30 pm
M.R. James’s East Anglian Connections and Influences
Talk by Dr. Richard Hoggett

M.R. James was a Cambridge university academic, probably best known for his Christmas ghost stories, told to friends and students in his college rooms in the early 1900s, and now often dramatized on radio around Christmas. However, he was also a distinguished archaeologist and medievalist, who conducted a lot of research in our region.

Rik, who many of you will know, is a professional archaeologist, formerly with both Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. He is a Journal of Breckland Studies editorial panel member, and is currently researching this topic.

The talk will cover James’ work at Livermere, Bury St Edmunds Abbey and the excavations of the abbots’ tombs, as well as the wider influences of East Anglia’s landscape and history on James’ academic work and ghost stories.

Venue: The Engine House, Brandon Country Park, Brandon, Suffolk IP27 0SU