Friary ruins at Thetford Grammar School
Castle Rising Church
Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum, East Dereham
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NNAS Response to Government White Paper on Planning

Council, led by our president, Dr Andy Hutcheson, has drafted a response to Planning for the Future, which can be downloaded as a pdf here. If you would like to make any responses to the paper yourself, the closing date is 11:45pm on 29 October 2020. Information is available here:

159 years of Norfolk Archeology goes online!

After 174 years of publication, most of the journals of one of the oldest archaeological Societies in the UK are going online, for anyone to access free of charge. 

Supported by a grant from the Marc Fitch Fund, the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, a registered charity founded in 1846, has worked with a professional document scanning company to digitise the entire contents of 44 volumes of its journal (1847-2005), Norfolk Archaeology – and make over 1300 articles and images open access for scholars, researchers and the interested public.

Hosted by the Archeology Data Service at the University of York, and accessed though the Society’s website at, the articles, letters, reviews and notes cover the all periods of the history and archaeology of Norfolk, and include articles by world-leading experts, important archaeological discoveries, and intriguing historical research. Many are wonderfully illustrated, including magnificent Victorian hand-engraved plates, and detailed drawings and photographs of many monuments which have since been lost or destroyed.

Sophie Cabot, Publicity Officer of the Society, said: “Norfolk Archaeology is the ‘county journal’ – the main place where archaeological research in Norfolk has been published for almost two centuries. Until now, although it is widely available in libraries, physical copies have only been sent out to members of the Society. We will still do that of course - and we are adding our new journals to the website after a couple of years - so there are still plenty of reasons to join us, but we want the whole wealth of the material from the fragile and rare older volumes to be available to everyone, whether they have access to a library or not. We believe this will support researchers, especially now, to do a lot more with the material, allowing them to use this important resource from home, wherever they are in the world”.

Dr Andrew Hutcheson, President of the Society, said, “I am really excited that Norfolk Archaeology is now online. The first issue dates from 1847 and ever since the journal has covered the rich archaeological heritage of the county. What an incredible boon to research to have it all at our fingertips!”

Library - help still needed!

The library is now installed in the Norfolk Record Office and you are very welcome to come and use it.

The new bookcases and shelves are not the same size as in The Close, so we are arranging the collection in a different way. For instance, we have been adjusting the collection so that county runs are no longer split over several book cases and we have almost finished this reorganising. Each item in the library has its own number and shelf position as in The Close. Now they need to be updated not just on the website catalogue but also physically so they can be returned to their new positions in the NRO.

Since our appeal for help at the January meeting a few people have come to help and we are very grateful, but we would welcome more people to offer time when we are there, Monday and Thursday mornings, to help us do this since we cannot do this on our own. It does not have to be on such a regular basis but you would find it easier and more interesting if you could offer several times a month for instance. If you can help please contact me at or at our meetings.

Thank you very much.
Judy Sims, Hon Librarian


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Next Summer

Council would welcome your suggestions for next year’s summer excursions – where would you like to visit that is normally closed to the public or otherwise ‘out of bounds’? Would you like the society to run day schools or other meetings in the summer? Send your ideas to our new Excursions Secretary, Margaret Gooch (

News from other groups

Links are to external websites or downloads

Future of Archaeology Manifesto

The Society of Antiquaries of London has published a 'manifesto' reflecting on the state of archaeology at the present time, looking at opportunities and threats to the sector, and partly in response to the government's White Paper Planning for the Future. It is available for download from their website here.

Events this Autumn/Winter

Winter lecture series

Most local societies have now published their lecture programmes. For details, visit the Federation of Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Organisations website.