JBS Volume 3 – Call for Papers

Expressions of interest are invited for the third volume of the Journal of Breckland Studies.

Note: Acceptances for papers for Volume 3 have now closed. Publication is expected in early 2020.

Following the success of the first two volumes, published in 2017 and 2018, the Breckland Society is delighted to announce a call for papers for potential inclusion in the third Journal of Breckland Studies (JBS), scheduled for publication in autumn 2019.


The inaugural volume of the JBS was the first-ever publication dedicated to promoting wider understanding and appreciation of the history and landscape heritage of the Norfolk & Suffolk Brecks through an anthology of previously unpublished articles. It can be downloaded at http://www.brecks.org/JBS



Volume Two (see left) was published in September 2018 and is on sale now through Ceres Bookshop, Swaffham.  www.ceresbookshopswaffham.co.uk   


For more information on the individual papers in Volume Two, see http://www.brecks.org/JBS


Each JBS paper can be of up to 2,500 words in length, must include at least four or five illustrations, and should address a particular theme or subject relating to the Brecks. Subjects for potential coverage include agricultural history, land use, archaeology, architecture and the built environment, natural history, literature, economic development and social history.


At this stage potential contributors are invited to submit an outline summary of up to 200 words, explaining the scope and content of their proposed paper, including a working title and an indication of potential illustrations. Proposed papers must not have been published previously, whether wholly or in part, and must be the original work of the contributor.


One of the objectives of the JBS is to encourage participation in research into the heritage of the Brecks by its local communities. Publishing a paper in JBS can enhance the value of ‘citizen science’ projects by enabling findings to be published, so that the results reach a wider audience. We also welcome proposals from those with little or no experience of writing about heritage – all that is required is enthusiasm and knowledge of a particular subject or interest! If your proposal is accepted support and guidance in writing your paper can be provided by a mentor from the Editorial Panel.


Equally, proposals from experienced, published researchers are also valued. Every proposal will be judged on its merits, and the Editorial Panel will also consider the range and balance of papers in each volume of the Journal. As the JBS is a not-for-profitpublication, with all financial support and sales income reinvested in future volumes, proposals from institutions or projects with funding available are especially welcome.


Outline summaries should be emailed to secretary@brecsoc.org.uk no later than 4 January 2019. They will then be considered by the JBS Editorial Panel, comprising experts on the Brecks and chaired by Professor Tom Williamson of the History Department at the University of East Anglia, with a decision by the end of January on which papers (up to eight in total) will be accepted for submission; the deadline for receipt of these will be 31 March 2019. The final report will be published in autumn 2019.


To discuss your ideas, or for further information, please contact Pat Reynolds via email at secretary@brecsoc.org.uk


Notes to Editors


  1. The inaugural Volume of the Journal of Breckland Studies was published in 2017 as part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership, a £2.2 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) scheme that delivered a range of heritage and landscape projects in the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks. HLF’s Landscape Partnerships are helping bring together members of the community as well as local, regional, and national organisations to deliver schemes which benefit some of the UK’s mostoutstanding landscapes and rural communities. Since 2003, HLF has committed grant-aid totalling £143m to 88 Landscape Partnership schemes across theUK. Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect theheritage they care about -­ from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk               

  2. Funding for Volume Two of the Journal, published in 2018, was also provided by HLF, along with support from the Suffolk Naturalists’ Society, The Scarfe Charitable Trust and Oxford Archaeology East.


  • The Breckland Society, which produces the Journal of Breckland Studies, which is a not-for-profit publication. The Society was setup in 2003 to encourage interest and research into the natural, built and social heritage of the Brecks. It is a membership organisation helping to protect the area and offering a range of activities to those who wish to see the special qualities of this unique part of England protected and enhanced. See www.brecsoc.org.uk




For more information and images or to arrange interviews, contact Pat Reynolds by email at secretary@brecsoc.org.uk