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About us - How it all began

An early meeting of the history groupA set of scrapbooks were compiled by the then manager of Brundall Library, Sheila Evans, between 1988 and 2000 in response to enquiries from local schoolchildren.

Inspired by her predecessor’s work, Library Manager Barbara Ayers decided to co-ordinate a book in the Halsgrove Community History Series. 

About 20 interested people met and after two years of interviewing residents past and present, and other research, produced ‘The Book of Brundall and Braydeston’ in 2007.  It was then decided that this was just the beginning of finding out about Brundall’s past and the group continued.

In the process of writing the book a large amount of material was amassed and this was digitised by Gerry Hawkins and formed the basis of our archive.

This archive has been used to produce books, talks, and displays etc.  Wendy Ward has used some of the photographs to publish postcards, greetings cards, notelets and calendars.  You can see our items for sale here.

We have written books about some of the houses in the village and their occupants, the trees of Brundall and Braydeston, Brundall House Auxiliary Hospital 1914-16 and the Parish Church of St Laurence. 

Over the years members have worked with the University of Cambridge’s Higher Education Field Academy and arranged test pit digs in residents’ gardens. Find out more.





Water, Mills & Marshes Project

An opportunity for community archaeology in this area is now being offered under the Heritage Lottery funded “Water, Mills & Marshes” project.

This is a Broads-wide project covering environmental issues as well as historical research. The “Broads Hidden Heritage” part of the scheme is offering free training in archaeological and historical research on various topics, beginning with “Churches of the Broads”, “Aerial Photography”, “Understanding Maps” and “Archival Research”.

Being oversubscribed, they will hopefully all be repeated next year and others will come on stream.

Two of our members have attended the Churches of the Broads event and found it of great interest, including lectures with plenty of time to ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask then a brief tour of three churches to look at the detail of the buildings.

You can visit the water, mills and marshes website via If you are interested in getting involved in this project, our members Jacky Heath (tel: 716295) or Ann-Marie Simpson (tel: 713071) would be pleased to hear from you so that we can co-ordinate our activities.