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Wednesday 16 October

Dr Susan Shaw will talk on Ham, its settlement and its people. Ham is a hamlet between Bowlish and Darshill in Shepton Mallet, which SVBRG is busily surveying for a Heritage Lottery Project. Ham is part of the parish of Pilton and has more surviving records than Shepton Mallet, although the Duchy of Cornwall records are difficult to penetrate. Yet Sue has found out a lot about it.

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The Group

The Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group, SVBRG is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 to record and study the traditional houses and buildings of the historic county of Somerset. Of particular interest are the smaller manor houses, farmhouses, cottages and barns which are in the local style and built of local materials.

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England's Places photo collection now online

SPAB's Architectural Red Box photo collection is now available online on the England's Places website. Until recently, you had to visit the Historic England Archive in Swindon to browse this massive collection of over 600,000 photographs. Now we have digitised the contents of the Red Boxes so that researchers can browse them from anywhere in England and beyond.

I did have an issue panning the photos in Firefox. Works OK in Chrome.