The Branscombe Project began more than twenty years ago. A group of people, some of whom had lived all their lives in Branscombe, others relative newcomers, decided they wanted to find out more about their village and the wider landscape.
The time-span is anywhere from prehistoric times to the present, and the idea is to explore changing landscapes, changing lives, historical materials, and living memories.
We have taped over a hundred interviews, dug in the archives and in the ground, and walked the landscape. People have lent us photographs, documents, postcards and objects.
We put on biennial exhibitions, winter talks, documentary dramas and ‘disappeared houses’ walks. We have covered topics as diverse as Branscombe Ghosts, Maps, Farming, Cliff Plats, Orchards, Shops & Trades, the Churchyard, Lace Making, Smuggling, Outside Loos, Road History, School History, Hedgerow Dating, Archaeological Excavation & Field-walking, House & Family Histories, Gardens, the Blackshirts, and the wreck of the Napoli.
Our events and activities are open to all - there is no subscription and no membership list.
We want to make as much of our work available on this website as possible. It will take time. We hope you’ll enjoy what’s here and find it useful.
We have been contacted by someone who acquired a photo album of images between 1929 and 1939. She said most have no labels, but a few are of Branscombe. It seems some are of Beer as well. If you recognise any of the places, or even people, please comment on Flickr.
Many thanks to Sarah.
Click here for the link to her Flickr account of the photo album.
An April Exhibition
Next Easter our exhibition is mainly about Branscombe Pubs - The Masons Arms, the Fountain Head and the Three Horseshoes.
So if you know anything about their history, if you have stories to tell, beans to spill, photos or pictures, we’d love to hear from you.
February 26 - 7:30 Monday
88 Temples at Seventy
It’s amazing what a man will do to avoid a Seventieth birthday party!
Trevor Wood set out on his own for the island of Shikoku and spent two months walking from temple to temple – all eighty-eight of them.
He had many adventures, saw amazing places and landscapes, and met wonderful people.