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.
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
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.