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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Details of SDFHS Group events throughout Somerset and Dorset can be found on individual Group pages, click here.

* indicates SDFHS attendance at an event organised by another FHS or organisation.




Oct 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Hampshire Genealogical Society Open Day *

The SDFHS will be represented at the Hampshire Genealogy Society Open Day at the Everest Community Academy, Oxford Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire (The postcode for sat navs is RG24 9FP).


Oct 14, 2015 to Nov 11, 2015

Basic Family History

The first session of a five week evening course, with Ted Udall. Also on 21 and 28 October, 4 and 11 November. 

7.00pm - 9.00pm.

£35 for the five sessions (£30 for SDFHS members), including hand-outs. Download booking form at the top of the page.


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: £12. Download booking form at the top of the page.

Nov 19, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

The 1939 Register – The Home front from your own home

In 1939, on the eve of World War II, the British government introduced an act that would allow them to gather vital information about the country’s population. This information would inform their decisions on identity cards, rationing, conscription and more, including – eventually – the formation of the NHS. In 2015, for the first time, Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives are publishing the 1939 Register online, providing an unprecedented insight into a country on the verge of war. Findmypast family historian Myko Clelland will describe the 1939 register, one of the biggest family history record sets to be released in recent years.  Learn the history behind the records, the details included within, the scope of the project to digitise them and all the search tips and tricks you need to be a 1939 expert!

Myko Clelland, family historian & partnership and outreach manager for Findmypast has travelled globally as a genealogy speaker and presenter from the United States to Ireland and from national institutions to regional archives & local family history groups. With a colourful ancestry covering very opposite corners of Europe he’s inherited a genetic expertise for storytelling and more than a few skeletons in the cupboard to go with them. As one of the most recognised family historians on Twitter (@dapperhistorian) with an infectious enthusiasm for family history and scores of presentations to his name, he’s dedicated to bringing the past to life and sharing knowledge that can help discover missing ancestors no matter where in the world they originate!

This is a free talk but since the capacity of the room is limited, please book your place in advance either by phone: 01935 389611 or by e-mail.

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

Sherborne's Industrial Archaeology

Following on the success of last year’s event, Barry Brock, Graham Bendell and George Tatham have agreed to guide a further journey through Sherborne’s commercial and industrial past. This year, Graham will introduce us to A Sherborne Engine Maker, and reveal all he knows about William Henry Pasley and his family. Barry will then consider The Dorsetshire Brewery - the Baxter years, before having a look at the history of Fives Courts in Sherborne. After a break for refreshments, Graham will take us on A View From The Slopes In 1860, in an in-depth look at an early photograph of Sherborne, before considering later photographs of the features to be seen and their demise or current use. Graham will then hand over for Barry to bring things to a conclusion with What and Where Are They? - a quiz for local historians and an opportunity for some audience participation.

George Tatham has agreed to chair things once more and has also promised to talk about some of his own research.

Price: £12, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.