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Extra heritage resources and links to other, relevant Heritage Fund projects.


River Raiders Booklet

Produced as part of the River Raiders project led by Dr Richard Hoggett, and the Breckland Society. Researched and written by volunteers.

Following the withdrawal of the Romans from the 5th century onwards, Breckland’s river valleys welcomed successive waves of settlers from across the North Sea. They integrated into the local population and left a rich archaeological record of settlements and cemeteries, which have shone a light on these ‘Dark Ages’.

Some 400 years later, in the middle decades of the 9th century, the Brecks became a focus for the Viking’s Great Army, which made camp in Thetford and killed the East Anglian King Edmund. Afterwards, East Anglia remained under Viking control as part of the Danelaw, before becoming part of the newly forged kingdom of England later in the 10th century.

Drawing on historical sources, archaeological sites, artefacts and place-names, this booklet explores the evidence for the Anglo-Saxon and Viking presence in the Breckland area.

Download your free PDF version of the River Raiders booklet.

If you would like a hard copy then please send an addressed envelope with the correct stamps for a large letter to:

The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers LP

The Carnegie

Cage Lane


IP24 2DS

Copies will also be available while stocks last, at Ancient House Museum, Thetford, and to collect (by appointment) from the BFER office at the Carnegie, Thetford, or come and find us at various BFER events throughout the Brecks.

Essex Cultural Diversity Project

The Essex Cultural Diversity Project breaks down barriers and promotes cultural harmony, through arts, cultural and heritage projects.

The project works strategically with artists, the culture and heritage sector, the BAME community and the voluntary sector to help develop skills, build sustainable networks and infrastructures, alongside creating new opportunities to enhance BAME artists’ work. The aim is to raise awareness of race equality and cultural diversity, benefiting communities across the region.

The link to the Brecks area is through the project’s work around Thetford and its links to Punjabi heritage.

The Maharajah Duleep Singh Virtual Trail – follow in the footsteps of the Duleep Singh Family online.

Find out more about the annual Festival of Thetford & Punjab.