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When the evenings draw in, the Project runs a series of winter talks. Some are about local matters, others are more exotic.
Winter Talks
Chris Woodruff on AONBs and funding for community projects which celebrate the identity of an area.
Phil Planel, (Parishscapes Project) on addressing the small scale and local, drawing on a range of different resources, from maps and documents to the memories of local people.
John Torrance: Working the Stones of Branscombe -
Branscombe people have always made the most of what the local geology has offered them. Prehistoric people made flint tools, sandstone by the Saxons to build a church and later to build farmhouses, chalk  for lime-burning and gypsum for plaster, flints were knapped for building and for guns, clay for cob cottages, marling fields etc., and beach pebbles were exported for use in grinding-mills.
Chris Tilley: The East Devon Pebblebeds Project - Based on past and present archaeological excavations, Chris will be talking about the extraordinary Bronze Age landscape of the Woodbury Common Pebblebeds, and comparing it with the present day landscape.
Barbara Farquharson: Three Trunks in a Branscombe Attic
The excitement of a discovery of a fine collection of photo albums and three trunks of letters and documents in a Branscombe attic and the ways in which it builds up a vivid family history that begins in the 1830s and ends a hundred years later.
World War 1, Reports from the Home Front’
Drama-doc compiled by Nigel Freathy and performed by members of the Branscombe Players. Branscombe in war time as seen through the pages of the parish magazine

Richard Edmonds:The Branscombe Coastline, then & now -
Geology and geo-tourism along the Dorset and East Devon coast; why it’s been given World Heritage Site status, and how the Jurassic Coast team are trying to protect and promote  an understanding of the coast to local people and visitors.
Sue Dymond: Branscombe a Parish at War
Looking at life in the parish in WW2 using local memories and documentary evidence - evacuees, school life, working in the factory, the impact of soldiers on local life, fundraising for the war effort and more
John Torrance: Branscombe in the Middle Ages
Chris Chippindale: Echoes and Prehistoric Rock Art
Bronze and Iron Age rock art found in Valcomonica in the Italian Alps. The setting, the way in which people moved around the alpine landscape and how they responded to sounds & echoes from the rocks are examined.
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Phil Planel:In the Footsteps of Orlando Hutchinson
A look at the work of the project and look back at the now completed Parishscapes project.
Andy Burton: Cow Pats, Untouchables & Installation Art in India
Andy collaborated with artisans and villagers in India to create sculptures that use their traditional skills and  materials.
John Torrance & The Branscombe Players:                            A drama-documentary
Literary Visitors to Branscombe
A problem with our website in 2013 led to some content being lost. This is of a minor nature and will be restored eventually. One thing affected is the list of talks - some recent ones are missing at the moment.
Talks held since 2001:

2013  Sue Dymond: Branscombe in the News 1800-1950s
         A look at village life from the newspapers, with the                             									use of other sources to find the stories behind the 												news.