Project’s packed programme

THE Branscombe Project has a packed programme of talks planned for early 2011.

Chris Tilley, professor of Anthropology at University College London, kicks things off on February 7, with a talk on the Woodbury Common pebblebeds.

“He has been doing excavations and come up with an extraordinary prehistoric ritual landscape,” said Branscombe Project leader Barbara Farquharson.

On February 28, Barbara will talk about three trunks found in a Branscombe attic. They were full of photos and letters dating back to 1830, with links to the father of ecology, Arthur Tansley. He married Edith Chick, whose family home was Hazelwood, Branscombe.

“There are some poignant courtship letters, and all the photos have been annotated,” said Barbara. “There’s one from 1903 of Edith and Arthur getting married.”

On March 28, Richard Edmunds will talk about the history of the coastline around Branscombe, and how it can be managed.

Nigel Freathy ends the series with a look at life in Branscombe during the First World War. He used old parish magazines from the war years as research material.

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The annual winter talks series is popular. “We usually get 100 people at each evening,” said Barbara. “It’s free, and you get a coffee so it’s an attractive prospect.”

Talks are held at Branscombe Village Hall and start at 7.30pm.