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Welcome to the Branscombe Project
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The Branscombe Project began about 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.
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk

Our latest book is now on sale for £7.50 plus £2.50 postage and packing from the Project.
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 ...

WINTER TALKS 2015/2016

November 30 2015
Laurence Egerton: Lost and Found

An insight into metal detecting in East Devon (including the great Seaton Down hoard, Beer, and Berry Barton, Branscombe) and the intriguing clues lost by ancestors.

January 25  2016
Rachel McCarthy: Weather Matters

February 22 2016
Branscombe Project

Sue Dymond: Branscombe Coastguard

The story of the men and their families brought in by the Government to combat smuggling.

John Torrance: Branscombe Blacksmiths

...through the ages

March 21 2016[a week early because of Easter] Tim Dee:

What it is that makes the south west the south west? Or Loving the unlovable - men, gulls and rubbish.

April 25 2016
Peter Dare: Beer to Brisbane and back.

Beer boy and master mason at Exeter Cathedral and St John’s cathedral, Brisbane, Australia.