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Welcome to the Branscombe Project

The Branscombe Project began nearly nineteen 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 annual 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 ...
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
HEAPs PROJECT
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive
East Devon historian and Branscombe Project member John Torrance wins award ...(more)

Winter Talks 2014-15:

The other Winter Talks for 2015 are:

Monday January  26
Madeleine Bunting
News From the Hebrides

Monday February 23
Jenny Moon
Newfoundland Fisheries

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...
Branscombe Project
WINTER TALK & AGM

17 November 7:30

Devon Orchards, Past and Present
Tom Nancarrow

Tom is a very interesting speaker;
he works as a restorer of old orchards
&
knows everything
about Devon varieties of apples.  
Branscombe Village Hall
Remembering Elsie Mayo 1924-2014