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.
Branscombe Project Talk & AGM 7:30 Monday, December 10 Writing About Nature Jos Smith ‘Nature’ and the way writing about it keeps changing. Is ‘nature’ just something that’s ‘out there’? Maybe it depends on different moments in time, or different circumstances? Jos will consider the many ways in which people have written about ‘nature’, and the arguments that still go on today.
Tuesday JANUARY 29 Climate Change – A Defining Challenge Julia Slingo
A defining challenge for the 21st century.
Monday FEBRUARY 25 Art of David Shrigley David Shrigley
Turner Prize nominated artist talks about his art - about which, as he says, he’s an expert …
Tuesday MARCH 26
Digging Deeper at Aldborough Roman Town
Rose Ferraby Monday APRIL 29 Crop Marks of 2018 Bill Horner
A hot, dry summer, a slew of crop marks, and the stories they tell
Branscombe Winter Talks – 2018-19 An unusual schedule this winter Please note that the first Talk is the second Monday in December: the 10th The January Talk is on the last Tuesday: January 29th The March Talk is on the last Tuesday: March 26th The remaining two Talks are, as usual, on the last Monday of the month 7:30 in Branscombe Village Hall