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.

You can now book and pay for Sherborne events, securely, using our online shop.

If you prefer to send a sterling cheque, please download the booking form, complete it and post it to: SDFHS Events, PO Box 4502, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6YL.

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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 1, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Write like an Egyptian

We regret that we have had to postpone this event until 10 December 2016 (see below).

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

SDFHS Open Day and AGM 2016
This year the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Open Day and AGM will be hosted by the Blackmore Vale Group at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton, Dorset on Saturday 24th September 2016 (10am-4pm). 
The Exchange is a fabulous venue for hosting this event - the Stour Hall provides theatre style seating, lighting and sound for your enjoyment to hear our carefully selected speakers.   
Sue Thornton-Grimes will talk on Assisted emigration from Dorset to Australia 1830-1860 and following lunch (which must be booked in advance - see the flyer that will be distributed with the May Greenwood Tree), Trevor Bailey of Trilith, will provide a series of restored films, some of them more than a century old, which reveal the lives of Somerset & Dorset folk of yesterday. This will be Trevor's second visit to The Exchange where he previously provided a film-show to a full house which was featured in an article in Dorset Life magazine 
In addition to these fascinating talks, there will be an opportunity to meet local enthusiasts from many history relevant groups, societies and organisations. They will be displaying and exhibiting in two other areas of the building and will be delighted to tell you all about their activities.   
The SDFHS Annual General Meeting for 2016 will start at 3.15pm (at the end of the Open Day). Attendance is free but to book your place online for the Open Day, click here.
The full programme and a booking form for the Open Day can be downloaded here. If you wish to book a lunch, please complete that part of the form also and return it by 31 August 2016.
The members of the Blackmore Vale Group look forward to welcoming you all to Sturminster Newton.


Oct 8, 2016 - 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

SDFHS Photographic Project Open Day

We are setting up a searchable database of photographs of named people from Somerset and Dorset and to make this project a success we need contributions from members and friends. At this second Open Day (last admittance at 1.00pm) local members are invited to bring photographs in to the Family History Centre so that they can be scanned and the data inputted by our team. For more details see:

There is no charge for this event and no need to book in advance.


Oct 12, 2016 to Nov 9, 2016

Essential Family History

A five week evening course, with SDFHS Secretary, Ted Udall, for those starting out on their family history or anyone wanting a refresher course. The first session of a five week evening course, with Ted Udall. Also on 19, 26 October 2, 9 November.

7.00pm - 9.00pm.

SDFHS members £30 for the five sessions. Non-members £35. includes hand-outs. Download booking form at the top of the page.


Oct 22, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Where did they go, and how did they get there?

In two talks Ted Udall will discuss, and attempt to answer, both questions about why and how our ancestors moved around the country.

Price: £10, SDFHS Members £8. Includes refreshments. Download booking form at the top of the page.


Nov 26, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Sherborne's Industrial Archaeology

Following on the success of previous events, Barry Brock, Graham Bendell and George Tatham have agreed to guide a further journey through Sherborne’s commercial and industrial past.

Price: £10, SDFHS Members £8. Includes refreshments. Download booking form at the top of the page.


Dec 10, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Write like an Egyptian

Write like an Egyptian. The ancient hieroglyphic script is much more than ‘picture writing’, as Dr Patricia Spencer will explain in this introduction to the beautiful but complex language of the ancient Egyptians. The aim will be to have all participants reading a sentence in hieroglyphs by the end of the afternoon!

SDFHS members: £8. Non-members: £10. Includes refreshments. Download booking form at top of page.