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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.
Here it is, the Favourite Places Map!
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive
Final Reports

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 ...
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
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.

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
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 JANUARY 29
Climate Change – A Defining Challenge for  the 21st century
Julia Slingo

Julia (Chief scientist - Met Office) will be looking at the evidence for human influences on our climate, and describe how we use computer simulations of weather and climate to tell us about the future.
She will talk about the potential impacts of future climate, and the implications for how we produce and use energy, and manage Earth's limited resources.
Branscombe Winter Talks – 2018-19

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
Geoff Squire has written up more memories of his childhood in the village...
Barbara Farquharson (writing under her work name of Bender) has written about her life in Branscombe and the sense of belonging she found here.
Launch of new book on February 25th
Tales of 3 Pubs


         East Devon AONB 2019 conference:
'Museums, Artefacts & the Historic Environment' 
(27 April 2019)