On Tuesday morning the Historic Environment Service had a visit from St Benet's Abbey Archive Group. They are a group of volunteers working with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust to gather information about the Abbey and its surroundings from original documents and other source materials.
Each volunteer has their own research and interpretation project, which will be brought together to provide new insights into the use of the area in the past. This interpretation will then be presented to the public and added to the archives.
The volunteers have been working at the Norfolk Record Office and have visited to search the records held by the Historic Environment Service. The group viewed our database entries concerning the abbey, which describes the archaeological information we have about the area, and lists any archaeological work that has been done.
The group also had the opportunity to explore the secondary files relating to the site, which contains photographs, reports, plans, interpretations and newspaper clippings related to the monument.
Also on display were aerial photographs of St Benet's from the HES Air Photo Library, which contains over 85000 images taken between 1895 and the present day, including surveys of the entire county taken in 1946 by the RAF, and images of individual sites taken by archaeological photographers.
If you would like to make an appointment to view these records for St Benet's, or any other heritage site in Norfolk, please get in contact with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the St Benet's volunteer projects see the Norfolk Archaeological trust website at: http://www.norfarchtrust.org.uk/volunteering