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People's History of Thetford Forest

 Bush saw felling, thinning operation. Compartment 166, Thetford. 8/08/1949Thetford Forest is the largest man made pine forest in the UK and is the country’s most significant land-use change.   Established in the 1920s by the Forestry Commission, it is now valued for recreation and wildlife as well as its timber resource. 

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The People’s History of Thetford Forest Project aims to seek out the people who have lived and worked in the Forest, employed in a variety of roles and allied trades. The project will record their stories, memories, knowledge and experience alongside those in equivalent roles today, to compare changes in working practices and conditions.


The Project also needs volunteers to be trained in oral history interviewing, editing and typing up recordings and in cataloguing archival materials, to help create an oral history archive documenting the history of Thetford Forest.

Photograph Drop in

We'll be holding a drop session to look at old photos from our archive.  Come and help us identify people, places and actictivities to improve the archive.  5.30 - 7pm Tuesday 10th of May.  East of England Forestry Commission Offices, Santon Downham, Suffolk, IP27 0TJ


The project is being managed by Vicky Tustian , Forestry Commission and Anne Mason, Heritage Consultant.

If you would like to be involved, please get in touch.  Whether you have memories to share or you’d like to volunteer for the project, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Vicky Tustian

Email:  Telephone: 0300 0674551

Breaking New Ground

The People's History of Thetford Forest is a part of a £2.2M scheme of new and exciting landscape and heritage conservation projects for the Brecks, thanks to a £1.5M grant from the Heritage Lottery. The Breaking New Ground partnership is responsible for delivering the scheme and partners include regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community.  The Forestry Commission is proud to be a partner in this fantastic initiative for The Brecks. Breaking New Ground logoHeritage Lottery Funded logo

Last updated: 8th May 2016

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