Welcome to the Bury St Edmunds Past and Present Society website.

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.

FORTHCOMING LECTURE

All lectures will be held at the Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, starting 7.30 p.m.

2 March 2020 – The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk :-

Joanna Caruth will lecture on ‘Tiles, Towers and Trenches: Excavations at Court Knoll, Nayland’.

Community excavations in 2016 at Court Knoll, Nayland, have revealed new information about this  Scheduled Ancient Monument and have identified late Saxon finds of a type usually associated with  high-status monastic sites such as Bury St Edmunds Abbey and York.

Following the talk, there will be Drinks and Canapés to mark these 60th anniversary of the Bury Past and Present Society.

Full Lecture Programme

About The Society

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

 

Committee 2019/20

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

SPANTON JARMAN COLLECTION

The collection includes images in and around Bury St Edmunds, from weddings, local events, property, villages.

About the collection

View the collection

How to Join the Society

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.

Membership Application Form

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