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
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.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Not to be missed! Ashley Ramsden’s one-man show of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Branscombe Village Hall on December 3rd at 7pm.
Ashley is a world-renowned story-teller and founder of the Emerson School of Storytelling. His Christmas Carol has been performed in America, Australia, and Holland. One American review wrote: ‘Within seconds of his stepping on the stage, children and adults who moments before were full of chat and clamour were suddenly hushed with mouths agape. Ashley sheds one character after another all without costume changes - all he needs is a Victorian suit and an armchair’.