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.




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: £12. Download booking form above. 


Sep 19, 2015 - 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM

SDFHS Open Day and AGM 2015

The 2015 SDFHS Family History Open Day and Annual General Meeting will be held at Yeovil College, Mudford Road, Yeovil BA21 4DR. Please note that this is a change of venue from that previously advertised.


09.30 – 10.15            Registration

10.30                        Introduction: How It All Began, Sir Mervyn Medlycott

10.45                        40 Years of The Greenwood Tree, Bob Barber – Editor

12.00                        AGM

13.00                        Buffet Lunch (booking required - see form circulated with the May Greenwood Tree

                                or download here)

14.15                        Anecdotes from Medieval Village Life, Dr Ed Lorch

160.0                        Close


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