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.

Date

Event

Location

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

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2 FULLY BOOKED

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. FULLY BOOKED

 

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

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2 FULLY BOOKED

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: £12, 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: £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.

Programme

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.