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.




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

Sherborne's Industrial Archaeology - FULLY BOOKED

This event is now fully booked. Enquiries email.

This year George Tatham will be taking the lead at our annual event, to discuss aspects of Sherborne’s industrial past, with an overview of the evidence for leather production and associated trades and crafts in Sherborne, using wills and inventories, trade directories and local newspapers. Barry Brook will be talking on 'A Sherborne Draper, the story of The Sherborne Drapery Stores' and 'Wm Seymour & Co - a bottling empire' and Graham Bendell will tell us all about ‘Limeburning in the Sherborne area’ and give a short presentation demonstrating what can be learned from detailed examination of two scenic postcards.

Price: £10, SDFHS Members £8. Includes refreshments. 


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 above or book online.


Jan 14, 2017 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

High Definition Ancestry DNA testing in the Somerset & Dorset Region.
Alex Cocker, Daisy Finniear and Mary Dy of DNA Worldwide who are based in Frome, will explain how, with the ability to break down DNA within regions, what DNA is showing about Somerset, Dorset and surrounding regions. The talks will also cover the basics of DNA testing in an interactive way and the speakers will take you behind the scenes of the laboratories so you will know what happens to your DNA. Prepare your questions and submit them in advance ( for the experts to answer on the day. All attendees will also benefit from a special promotion on testing their or their families DNA. 
SDFHS Members: £8. Non-members: £10. Includes refreshments. Download booking form above or book online.

Feb 18, 2017 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Curious and Surprising Dorset.
Roger Guttridge's latest book Dorset: Curious and Surprising is a selection of 35 stories from across the county that have captured his imagination over the years. They include the country clergyman who eloped with a parishioner's wife, the spinster who kept her companion's body for almost three years without reporting her death, and the mysterious Bettiscombe skull, which has sat in a Dorset manor house for 250 years and must never be removed on pain of death. Roger will share some of these tales with us.
His second talk, 'My Family and other Smugglers', will describe the smuggling adventures of his Ridout ancestors and how the family legends inspired his own career as a journalist, author and speaker. 
Roger Guttridge is descended on his mother's side from the Ridouts of North Dorset and has lived in various parts of the county all his life. He was educated at Blandford Grammar School before beginning a career in journalism that has included thousands of articles on Dorset history. He is the author of 19 books, most of them on Dorset, and a former editor of The Greenwood Tree, having joined the fledgling SDFHS in 1977.

SDFHS Members: £8. Non-members: £10. Includes refreshments. Download booking form above or book online.

Mar 18, 2017 - 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 third Open Day 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.