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Welcome to the Branscombe Project

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.
The Steamship ‘Ballarat’ bound for Australia one hundred years ago
The Branscombe Diaspora
Your help needed
If you know of anyone who left Branscombe to live in another country in the past, please contact us by email and we will add your stories to our website.

Read what we know so far here ...
Final Reports
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive

Here it is, the Favourite Places Map!
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.
Branscombe Project Talk & AGM
7:30 Monday, November 27
Wildlife in Devon Farmsteads & Houses

Patrick Dillon, a cultural ecologist says - ‘It’s about welcome friends and uninvited guests, about the wildlife that shares our living spaces and how we’ve adapted buildings to attract - or deter - them.’

The remainder of the talks are on the last Monday of the month January through April.
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.
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