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.
Branscombe Project Winter Talks 2016-2017
November 14 Tom Greeves:
The Power of the Image – Devon Landscape and Photography in the 1860s and 1870s.
January 30 Mark Edmonds:
Things People Collect and the Stories they Tell.
February 27 Derek Gore:
Vikings in the Southwest.
March 27 Sue Dymond:
New Discoveries about Branscombe Allotments;
Mill and Forge – a system of Medieval Waterways?
April 24 Robert Crick and Dave Strange: Our Salcombe Neighbours – Unitarians and astronomers.