SDFHS Sherborne Events, and events where the SDFHS will be represented

For enquiries about SDFHS events at our Sherborne Family History Centre e-mail or phone: 01935 389611. Please note that places are limited for all Sherborne events, so early booking is advised.

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Date

Event

Location

Jun 20, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The World of Ancient Glass
Dyan Hilton will review the technology and design of glass-making in the ancient world with two talks:
 
Ancient Glass Technology. The first talk will give an overview of the glass making techniques in use in the Ancient World. 
 
The Portland Vase: history and making. In this second talk, we will learn how pieces such as the iconic Portland Vase (now in the British Museum) were made and explore the modern history of the vase and how it has inspired generations.
 

Dyan Hilton gained a degree in 3-Dimensional design (glass) from Stourbridge College before moving to the Roman Baths Museum where she works front of house. She has a particular interest in ancient glass and has taught on the subject at University of Bristol. Dyan has been researching her family history for many years which led to her co-authoring, with Aidan Dodson of The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt (2004).

There will be a refreshment break between the two talks.
 
SDFHS members: £10. Non-members: £15. Download booking form at the top of the page.
 
 

Jul 4, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The Sherborne Pageant of 1905

"In 1904 Sherborne was a small sleepy town of about six thousand people, ‘a dull enough place to live in’, according to the Daily Express, bypassed by tourists heading for the coast of Cornwall and Devon. Twelve months later most of Britain knew the name of Sherborne, and many towns and cities were scrambling to stage their own historical play as ‘pageant fever’ swept the land". Cecil P. Goodden, The Story of the Sherborne Pageant (Sherborne, 1906).

Dr Tom Hulme and Dr Paul Readman, of The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016 project (which is examining historical pageants in twentieth century Britain), will talk about how what happened in Sherborne inspired the pageantry movement right up to the present day.

This will also be an opportunity to measure progress on the project to identify the 900 pageant performers, which is being undertaken by Rachel Hassall, the Sherborne School Archivist, with help from SDFHS members.

Price £15. SDFHS members: £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jul 9, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jul 16, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person.

 

Jul 18, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Excavating in Egypt

Antiquities from ancient Egypt feature prominently in most of the world's major museums and Egypt itself often seems to be one large archaeological site - many people often ask if there can still be anything left to find. Dr Patricia Spencer has participated in excavations in Egypt for over 30 years and will describe fieldwork and research with which she has been involved, reviewing digging techniques and discoveries, past and present. She will also look at the tombs, tents and houses in which Egyptologists have lived while on their digs and describe village life in modern Egypt.

Dr Patricia Spencer was Director of the London-based Egypt Exploration Society until she retired at the end of 2011. After moving to Sherborne in 2012, she became Membership Secretary and Website Manager of the SDFHS.

There will be a refreshments break during the afternoon.

SDFHS members: £10. Non-members: £15. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jul 23, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Aug 6, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 2. Newland, Castleton and Long Street areas.

Meet in Waitrose car park. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Aug 13, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 2. Newland, Castleton and Long Street areas.

Meet in Waitrose car park. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person. FULLY BOOKED

 

Aug 15, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Symposium on Ridout/Rideout family history

Over four years ago, the late Bill Ridout bequeathed his research material on the Ridout/Rideout family to the Society. His old friend, Orlando Ridout IV, of Annapolis in the United States, then generously established a memorial fund to help to preserve this material and make it widely available. This symposium, where the principal speakers will be Karen Francis and Roger Guttridge, will coincide with the launch online on the SDFHS website of material from the Archive which is now being digitised. Karen and Roger will each discuss their own research on branches of the Ridout/Rideout family which played such a prominent role in local history.  

Dr Karen Francis - William (~1530-1603) & Walter (1564-1643).... Gentlemen of Sherborne. 
 
William Rydowte and his nephew Walter, a contemporary of Sir Walter Raleigh, probably descended from a noble family, the Rydons of Exeter. William was a tenant-in-chief, holding lands in Sherborne from Queen Elizabeth I. When he died, William's estate passed to his nephew Walter. From a host of available records, Walter comes alive; he was a man of character - a pious, outspoken rebel. Their story is inextricably linked with Sherborne's history, before and during the English Civil War.
 
Karen has been studying RIDOUT family history since 2005, runs a yDNA one-name project and published her first book The Ridouts of Sherborne in 2014.

Roger Guttridge, My Smugglers and Other Ridouts
 
Former Greenwood Tree editor Roger Guttridge’s career as a journalist and author began as a school project on his smuggling ancestors, the Ridouts of Okeford Fitzpaine and Fiddleford, including the legendary leader of the gang, Roger Ridout. The present-day Roger will describe how his early researches produced documentary evidence confirming family legends told to him by his maternal grandfather, Jim Ridout, and led to his first published articles and the first of his 18 books, Dorset Smugglers.
 
Roger will also discuss early references to and distribution of the Ridout/Rideout name, a few other famous or infamous Ridouts and variations on the pronunciation of ‘Ridout’ when there is no ‘e’.
 
There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon.
 
Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.
 

Aug 20, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2

Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open (probably The Plume of Feathers).

Route 2. Newland, Castleton and Long Street areas.

Meet in Waitrose car park. Bookings will be confirmed by e-mail, and then the walk itself will be confirmed closer to the date, as it is weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance.

£5 per person. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Sep 12, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Conservation Workshop

Rex Lancefield will talk about the best way to handle, store and frame old documents and other items; all illustrated through jobs undertaken for record offices, museums and historic houses during 40 years in business.

SDFHS members £10. Non-Members: £15. Download booking form above. 

 

Oct 24, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Travellers (and Researchers) in an Antique Land

This afternoon, Dr Aidan Dodson describes the history of Egyptology through the lens of the southwest of England. A key monument in the decipherment of hieroglyphs was the obelisk now at Kingston Lacy - part of the collection of great Egyptian and Near Eastern traveller William John Bankes - while Amelia Edwards, foundress of the Egypt Exploration Society, lived for many years and is buried in Bristol, whose university was one of the first in the country to teach the ancient Egyptian language. All these and other local strands will be woven into the story of the subject, taking it from days of treasure-hunting to scientific excavation.

Dr Aidan Dodson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and Chairman of Trustees of Amelia Edwards' foundation, the Egypt Exploration Society. He is one of the editors of a forthcoming international history of Egyptology, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
 
There will be a refreshments break during the afternoon.
 
SDFHS members: £10. Non-members: £15. Download booking form at the top of the page.
 
 

Nov 21, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Sherborne's Industrial Archaeology

Barry Brock, Graham Bendell and George Tatham will guide a further journey through Sherborne’s commercial and industrial past.

There will also be a refreshments' break during the afternoon.

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.