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.
A new Branscombe Project book!
It tells the story of a handwritten recipe book belonging to a Branscombe family. Started in the 1700s, the recipe book contains 217 recipes written by four women, probably farmers’ wives.
We see what foods they liked to eat, what home-made wines they drank, and how their kitchens were equipped. Their home remedies include many garden and wayside herbs. The cure for consumption begins ‘Take 300 snails ... then take a pint of great earthworms’. A good read!
With four colour plates, and Illustrated with original drawings by Cory Lyons, the price will be just £3.50.
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. We will be updating on this site with what you’ve found.
Many thanks to Sarah.
Click here for the link to her Flickr account of the photo album.