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Branston is a delightful and vibrant village situated in a mostly rural area of the B1188 road some four miles to the south of Lincoln. In the Doomsday Book of 1086 the recorded population was 930. Today the figure is approaching 4500.
The History Group was formed in 1996 by a group of local residents who recognised the importance of preserving the details of the history of the village and the surrounding area, and of the people therein, for the benefit of present and future generations. This is being achieved by the collation of photographs, documents, news items and personal accounts relating to the history of the village from individuals and organisations.
In 2012 a decision was taken by The Group that all the material held should be catalogued and indexed to create a digitised archive for the preservation and ease of retrieval purposes, and also placed on a newly created website in order to make it available to the wider population in general. It is hoped The Group’s efforts will create a greater understanding of our history.
Periodically, 'Open Meetings' are held in the Church Hall to which the general public are invited, when visiting speakers give a presentational talk on a matter that has some historical connection with the village, or the group put on an exhibition of historical material, or some other activity. Such activities usually commence at 7.30pm and details are published under the ‘Events’ heading.
Display of World War 1 Memorabilia
To mark the Centenary of the First World War, Branston History Group are arranging an exhibition of memorabilia consisting of military uniforms, medals, model aircraft and other artifacts and informative material relative to that era. Much of this material will have local connections.
The event will take place in Branston Church Hall on Saturday 20th September from 11am to 4pm. In addition there will be a continuous showing on screen of films depicting life in Europe immediately prior to the commencement of war when tensions rose and fears increased. There will also be the opportunity to hear recordings of wartime music and songs. Do come and visit the display and enjoy a peep into the past.