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Stepping Out
Further investigations in East Devon Landscape History

East Devon AONB
Historic Landscape Conference

Saturday 18 April 2015
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

Programme and booking form click here
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

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.
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
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
Family Announcements
from 1939-1945 newspapers
Old Photo Album

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

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

Details later...
Monday - March 30th – 7:30
The Devon Woman who Started a Global
Fashion Revolution   

The Winter Talks are ringing the changes! Carry Somers, whose father was a Branscombe boy, is a well-known fashion designer - most particularly of stunning panama hats. But more particularly, from small beginnings in Axmouth, she has gone on to found Fashion Revolution, a global fair trade movement.  Come and hear her talk about an eventful life in the fashion industry – and find out how you can get involved in Fashion Revolution Day on 24 April! 
Winter Talk
Winter Talk
Final Reports