Welcome to the Bury St Edmunds Past & Present Society, and the wonderful Spanton Jarman Photographic Collection.
The Society was formed in 1960 to promote and encourage an interest in the history of our town and its surrounding area. To this end we hold a series of lectures each year from October through to March on topics of local history. From this year the meetings will be held in the newly restored Medieval Guildhall in Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds.
The new programme for 2020-2021 will appear on the website next month. Obviously Covid 19 and the opening of the Guildhall will determine if and when we can resume our talks. Please watch this space and emails/post will also be sent as to how we can proceed.
The Society’s NAME is taken from the title of a book by Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), the eminent author, biographer and historian. Published in 1843, its title was Past and Present. Carlyle devoted the whole of Book II to a description of life in the Abbey of St Edmund. The earliest edition of the Jocelin of Brakelond’s Chronicle, edited by John Gage Rokewode (a member of the Gage family of Hengrave Hall) was published by the Camden Society in 1840. This, of course, gave only the Latin text, and Carlyle’s brilliant English version made it available to those who had not had a classical education.
A copy of our constitution can be downloaded here
President: Margaret Statham
Chairman: Stephen Cook
Vice Chairman: Anne Sutton
Secretary: Patricia Mackie
Treasurer: Stephen Cook
Website: Andrew Norburn
Membership Secretary: Patricia Mackie
Spanton Jarman Project: Betty Milburn
Programme Secretary: David Sherlock
Publicity: Martyn Taylor
Membership is open to everyone, we charge a minimum subscription fee of £15.00 per person, or £20 for two people living at the same address.
Visitors are welcome to attend our lectures for a fee of £5 per meeting.
If you wish to apply for membership, or want to see the benefits of becoming a member You can read more on our join us page.