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.
Monday 1st November
Basil Brown of Rickinghall: Beyond Sutton Hoo
Basil Brown is widely known for his discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. However, many of his other achievements are far less well known, as is his character beyond the usual portrayal of him as an eccentric, self-taught Suffolk yokel. This talk, will shine a light on this Rickinghall native, and those who influenced the young Basil, examining his motivations, passions, local discoveries and boundless energy for enthusing others. Drawing on Basil Brown’s own words and using recollections from local residents and fellow workers, a different, and rather more complete, image will be presented, of the man who achieved immortality in the world of archaeology.
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: tba
Secretary: Patricia Mackie
Treasurer: Stephen Cook
Website: Andrew Norburn
Membership Secretary: Patricia Mackie
Spanton Jarman Project: Betty Milburn
Programme Secretary: Jane Carr
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.