Breaking News

Air photos, building surveys and fieldwalking - get involved! 

Monday, September 26, 2016 12:42:00 PM

We have loads of Breaking New Ground activities for you to get involved with this month!

Brecks and Mortar

We will be at Cranwich Church on 1st October to continue our survey of the building. New participants are very welcome, and all training and materials will be provided.

You will spend the day conducting a building survey at St Mary's Church, supervised by architectural historian Stephen Heywood.You will learn how to photograph and draw historic buildings, and how to work out their age based on architectural features.

Book here:


Brecks from Above

Photo of George SwainAs part of ‘Brecks from Above’ we will be giving a presentation on the archaeology identified from the air through the Breaking New Ground project and on aerial archaeology on the following dates:

13:00 – 14:00, Wednesday 5th October – Norfolk Record Office,

10:30 – 11:30, Friday 7th October – Thetford Library,

The talk at Thetford Library needs to be pre-booked by phoning Thetford Library on 01842 752048 or email :

What Lies Beneath

Photo of volunteers field walkingBuried beneath the villages and towns which surround us, are material remains of our past. When fields are ploughed, the soil is turned over often bringing archaeological artefacts to the surface. The collection and mapping of these artefacts can give us valuable clues to what lies beneath.
This free training weekend, led by professional archaeologists, will introduce you to the methods and practices involved in archaeological fieldwalking.  It includes the opportunity to undertake practical fieldwork in the hunt for traces of the early Brecks.
Join us for either one or two days.
All workshops and talks are free thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Brecks from Above Day School: Using Aerial Photographs for Archaeology 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:21:00 PM

Date: 17 September 2016

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Norfolk HES Offices, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Union House , NR20 4DR

The Brecks contain a wonderful variety of archaeological sites. Many of these are visible from the air. Archaeologists use both recent and historic aerial photographs, and new techniques such as lidar (a type of airborne laser scanning of the ground surface), to discover new sites, map and understand them, and contribute to their future protection.

This day school will introduce participants to the techniques of aerial survey and interpretation. It will focus on the archaeology of the Breckland region, and the results of the 'Brecks from Above' air photo mapping project. It will include presentations by specialist air photo interpreters, and a chance to undertake practical exercises such as rectifying photographs, mapping sites, and identifying archaeological and non-archaeological features on digital sources such as Google Earth. Participants will also be provided with guidance for undertaking their own research projects.

The day school is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Norfolk County Council. Book your place here


10:15-10:30. Welcome and housekeeping.

10:30-11:30. Introduction to aerial archaeology and 'Brecks from Above'.

11:30-11.45. Tea/coffee.

11.45-13.00. Introduction to types of aerial photographs, lidar, photo reading and interpretation.

13.00-13.45. Lunch.

13.45-15.15. Practical exercises in feature recognition, transcription, stereo viewing, and photo rectification.

15:15-15:45. How to undertake your own research.

15:45. Evaluation forms and departure.



The day school will be held at the offices of Norfolk Historic Environment Service, on the same site as Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum. Tea and coffee will be provided; hot and cold meals can be purchased from the museum's Mardlers Rest Café, or alternatively please bring a packed lunch.

Further details will be emailed to participants closer to the event date.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse museum is located 3 miles northwest of Dereham, approximately 30 minutes drive from Norwich, Cromer and King's Lynn. The entrance to the museum is off the B1146 that runs through the village of Beetley.

Attendees of the day school may park in the museum car park.

There is limited public transport to Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse museum; please check local bus timetables.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Sophie Tremlett, Senior Air Photo Interpretation Officer.


Tel: 01362 869382


Brecks and Mortar 

Join us for our next heritage skills workshop!
Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:46:00 AM

The Brecks is home to hundreds of historic buildings. These buildings tell us stories about the past and the people who lived in them. They also add to the character of the Brecks and serve as examples of the traditional skills used in the past.

On this training day you will learn about the different types of buildings that can be found in Breckland, from architectural historian Stephen Heywood. You will be taught the methods and techniques used to record the fabric, fixtures and fittings of historic buildings. There will also be the opportunity to practise these techniques on the day.
Tea and coffee will be provided.

This workshop is free to attend as the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Saturday, 25 April 2015 from 10:00 to 16:30

Mundford Village Hall
St Leonards Street
IP26 5DW

First Discovering the Archaeology of the Brecks newsletter! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

At the beginning of the year we ran our first two sessions of the Discovering the Archaeology of the Brecks training programme. These were free events on how to use the archaeological archives at Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. We had 42 attendees, and the event was so popular we decided to run one of them again this month!

To read all about the Norfolk session, and find out how to book on to our future events, have a look at the first edition of our newsletter. 

Click here to see it!

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