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Welcome to the Branscombe Project
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 ...
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
East Devon historian and Branscombe Project member John Torrance wins award ...(more)
We will be publishing an occasional series of articles on Branscombe’s history. The first is on Saxon Branscombe, by John Torrance. Read it here
Family Announcements
from 1939-1945 newspapers

Winter Talks 2014-15:

The other Winter Talks for 2015 are:

March 30
Cary Somers
Fashion - Who's Making Our Clothes

April 27
Branscombe Project & AONB/HEAPS
Everything You Didn't Know About the Village

Details later...

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

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.
Old Photo Album