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.
We have been contacted by someone who acquired a photo album of images between 1929 and 1939. She said most have no labels, but a few are of Branscombe. It seems some are of Beer as well. If you recognise any of the places, or even people, please comment on Flickr.
Many thanks to Sarah.
Click here for the link to her Flickr account of the photo album.
Tuesday MARCH 26
Digging Deeper at Aldborough Roman Town
Rose is an archaeologist, geographer, artist, and frequent visitor to Branscombe.
She grew up in Aldborough and knew about the Roman settlement there. She has spent ten years helping excavate and survey the site, and it turns out to be much more important than anyone ever expected.
She’ll talk about earlier antiquarian research and today’s work, about the changing questions people have asked, and the different sorts of answers they’ve come up with.
Monday APRIL 29
Crop Marks of 2018
Devon County Archaeologist
Bill will be talking about the history of archaeological aerial photography from nineteenth century balloon flights to modern laser technology.
Using evidence from the air of earthworks, crop marks and parch marks, he will discuss how it’s changed our understanding of prehistoric and Roman settlement. He’ll use examples from East Devon where possible, and show some of the startling images that surfaced during the long dry summer of 2018.