Visiting Speaker Service

We can offer talks for groups, local retirement and residential homes. We have an enormous collection of old photos of the area, and handling boxes full of objects and memorabilia which can be passed around.

  • Here is a taster of what’s on offer, but do get in touch if there’s something you’d like us to cover and we’ll see what we can do!
  • Old Bridport: a look at what we know about the origins of our town from Saxon times to Medieval. Saxons, Normans, the Market Charter and what documents remain about the early history of our town
  • Bridport in the First World War: What life was like in Bridport during the Great War With anecdotes and photos from the period.
  • All Stations to West Bay: The story of the Bridport railway from its early days till its closure in 1975.
  • The Bridport Trade: How rope and nets are made, from raw materials to the finished products. A look at the business which made Bridport famous, plus some samples of raw materials and rope and twine to handle
  • A Glimpse of Old Bridport: A selection of pictures showing all aspects of life in and around Bridport from around 1900 till the Second World War.
  • Back in the Old Days: Photos of farming and village life in West Dorset from late Victorian times till the coming of the second world war
  • Dorset Born and Bred: A look at the people of Bridport and villages over the past hundred years, from rich to poor, from young to old, at work, rest and play.
  • Never Mind the News…… Let’s Watch the Adverts. A light hearted and rather unscientific look at how advertising has developed. We start with adverts from the “Bridport News” a hundred years ago, then move onto some famous adverts (British and American) from the 1890s to the 1920s.
  • Lewd Wenches….. and Loose-living Fellows: everyday life in Dorset in the early 1600s – sometimes tragic, often hilarious – as seen from the perspective of the Magistrates.
  • To Market, to Market: From cattle in the main streets, to Edwardian shops, to the coming of the Supermarket age. The story of shops, businesses and utilities in Bridport
  • Your Village in the 1840s: Using the tithe map and apportionment, the 1841 census and a range of other information, we reconstruct who the families were and what life was like in your village at the start of the modern era.
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