Breckland Astronomical Society was founded in November 1993 at Hingham Primary School through the tireless efforts of our Honorary Life President, Spencer Allen, FRAS, with the encouragement of the Headmaster, Paul Planken. The membership at this point stood at five.

In 2000 the society moved its activities to the Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, B1077, Attleborough to Watton Road where darker skies prevail.

The opportunity presented itself to build our own observatory at Great Ellingham featuring a 20 inch computer controlled telescope that was built and is maintained by the membership.

Construction of the Observatory

Open nights are advertised both here and in the local press. Posters are displayed in local libraries and public notice boards around the Breckland and South Norfolk area.

Membership now approaches 150 and a regular programme of observing in all major aspects of modern astronomy is ongoing.