Spanton-Jarman Collection of Photographs of Bury St Edmunds
Welcome to the Bury St Edmunds Past & Present Society website.
I hope you find it useful as well as interesting.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is an historic town, very concious of its heritage and has a tale worth telling. The Bury Past & Present Society, established in 1960, is one of those organisations whose aim is to help tell that story, principally through an annual lecture programme held during the winter months.
Our programme for 2013/2014 can be viewed here. There are a range of topics to satisfy all tastes - from the impact of the Norman Conquest on Bury, to revealing history in small objects, the story of the Bury Pageant of 1907, the English Churchyard including the Great Curchyard in Bury, and a talk by The Dean to mark the establishment in 1914 of the Diocese of St Edmunsbury and Ipswich.
However, the story of Bury St Edmunds is not only being told through a lecture programme; visitors to this website may be familiar with the photographic images capturing life in Bury from 1860, collectively known as The Spanton Jarman collection. Work is now proceeding to digitise and caption, in collaboration with those villages identified, those glass negatives taken of Suffolk villages. These are becoming available to view on this website and will be the subject of our illustrated talk in March 2014.
The Committee is also seeking to add to its website other material of historic record and interest. We welcome possible archival contributions that readily lend themselves to downloading onto our website. Please direct your enquiries to the Chairman.
The Society has recently received a gift from Mr. John Gorst, together with photographic slides made by his late father, James Gorst, to commemorate his father's contribution to West Suffolk in his capacity of Chief Planning Officer.. We are very grateful to Mr. John Gorst for his generosity.
During this year, the Society invited our President, Margaret Statham, to Honorary Membership to mark her significant involvement, contribution and leadership of this Society over very many years. We are also pleased to announce that Messrs Martyn Taylor and John Buckingham have joined the Committee, whilst Mrs Patricia Mackie will succeed Eric Humphreys as Secretary at the end of the year
Please enjoy our website; we hope this will inspire you to commence the process of learning more about Bury St Edmunds and our heritage.
Richard Stewart - Chairman
For your convenience, here is a copy of our lecture programme for 2014-15
Copies of the Lecture Programme are sent to members in September each year along with application forms for renewed membership.
All meetings are held in The Hunter Club, 86 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds and begin at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend any lecture for a fee of £5.
Monday 6 October:
Dr Kate Jewell
Scaffolds and Stage Devils: Medieval Drama in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond
Monday 3 November:
Post-excavation analysis from the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath
Monday 1 December:
History in small things: the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) in the Bury Region
Monday 5 January:
Bury and District's Great War in pictures
Monday 2 February:
The Sign Language of the Monks of Bury St Edmunds
Monday 2 March:
Annual General Meeting
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