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.

Download booking form

 

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

Apr 11, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

'Billy Yank or Johnny Reb'

Robin Ansell and others will review the American Civil War (‘Johnny Reb and Billy Yank’ was a 1950s’ newspaper comic strip which told the story of the War) with special reference to participants from Somerset and Dorset. April 2015 marks the sesquicentennial / 150th anniversary of the effective end of the American Civil War (1861-65). Somewhat surprisingly, more than 250,000 Britons fought in this four-year, fratricidal conflict. This series of presentations will commemorate, and pay tribute to, this little-known aspect of United States military history.

Robin Ansell - A brief history of the American Civil War. Robin will cover topics such as British participants, the standard reference sources and guidance on tracing your ancestor
 
Sir Mervyn Medlycott - From Milborne Port, Somerset to Petersburg, Virginia.The SDFHS President will examine the diary of his illustrious ancestor, Rear-Admiral Sir Mervyn Bradford Medlycott (1837-1908), who witnessed one of The closing stages of the Civil War
 
Bob Barber - From Broadmayne, Dorset to Mobile Bay, Alabama. Based on the life of Corporal Joseph Woodland (1835-1922), 32nd  Iowa Volunteer Infantry, as originally researched by the late Derek Woodland.
 
Dr Charles Rees - What's left to see of the battlefields 150 years later? An illustrated tour of several famous Eastern Theatre battlefields

The speakers:

Robin Ansell was a chartered librarian for over 30 years and is the SDFHS Librarian Emeritus.  His interest in the American Civil War began in his childhood, inspired by a graphic series of gory Civil War News bubble-gum cards  and he now has a substantial library of Civil War books and related materials.

Sir Mervyn Medlycott was a founder member of the SDFHS and is currently the Society's President.

Bob Barber is Editor of the SDFHS journal The Greenwood Tree.

Dr Charles Rees, of Bournemouth, is the current President of the American Civil War Round Table UK.

There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon, with a chance to view a display of books, collectables and original artefacts 

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Apr 15, 2015 to May 13, 2015

Basic Family History

The first session of a five week evening course, with Ted Udall. Also on 22 April, 29 April, 6 May and 13 May. 

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.

 

May 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

The South West Area Group FHS Fair *

SWAG Family History Fair (The South West Area Group) at The Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare. Over 40 exhibitors and with free talks throughout the day. Entrance £3, children free.

 

May 16, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

What did your Ancestors Do?

This is the first in an occasional series which will look at our ancestors' work and skills and how their occupations often influenced who they met and their social lives. The speakers will help to put some some flesh on the bones of our family history research.

Barbara Elsmore - Basketmaking Yesterday and Today. Barbara Elsmore now lives in Sherborne very close to the village of Nether Compton which holds strong memories of childhood visits to her grandparents' home. Her interest in basketmaking stems from the discovery that a little basket given to her as a child had quite a story to tell, and this has led her to research basket-making in the past and present.

Barbara is the Society's Vice-Chairman for Dorset and a former joint-Editor of the SDFHS journal The Greenwood Tree. She is a regular contributor to the SDFHS blog, see especially her post on basket-making. Barbara is also heavily involved in voluntary research on the collections of Sherborne Museum

John Damon - Families in the Utilities. John Damon traces his family tree back to the 19th century through the Water, Gas, Power and Telecom companies giving a brief history of local utilities, including their formation, nationalisation and privatisation and how these changes, and those as a result of the two World Wars, affected the people who worked there both at work and 'at play'.

John joined The East Dorset Group of the SDFHS in 1986, initially to help map out Dorset Church Yards prior to recording the gravestones, and progressed to leading the project. He is active at Group meetings being responsible for Posters, the Notice Board, PC, Sound system and anything technical and represents the Group on the Society's Executive Committee.

There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon and a chance to view a display of original documents and relevant artefacts.

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

May 23, 2015 - 10:30 AM to 04:00 PM

Heritage Alliance Open Day

The SDFHS will be hosting at our Research Centre in Sherborne, a Joint Heritage Day with Sherborne Museum, Castleton Steam and Waterwheel Centre, Sherborne School and St Johns’ Almshouse. This year the day will focus on celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and its impact upon the town of Sherborne.

This is a free event - no need to book.

 

Jun 20, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The World of Ancient Glass
Dyan Hilton will review the technology and design of glass-making in the ancient world with two talks:
 
Ancient Glass Technology. The first talk will give an overview of the glass making techniques in use in the Ancient World. 
 
The Portland Vase: history and making. In this second talk, we will learn how pieces such as the iconic Portland Vase (now in the British Museum) were made and explore the modern history of the vase and how it has inspired generations.
 

Dyan Hilton gained a degree in 3-Dimensional design (glass) from Stourbridge College before moving to the Roman Baths Museum where she works front of house. She has a particular interest in ancient glass and has taught on the subject at University of Bristol. Dyan has been researching her family history for many years which led to her co-authoring, with Aidan Dodson of The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt (2004).

There will be a refreshment break between the two talks.
 
SDFHS members: £10. Non-members: £15. Download booking form at the top of the page.
 
 

Jul 4, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The Sherborne Pageant of 1905

"In 1904 Sherborne was a small sleepy town of about six thousand people, ‘a dull enough place to live in’, according to the Daily Express, bypassed by tourists heading for the coast of Cornwall and Devon. Twelve months later most of Britain knew the name of Sherborne, and many towns and cities were scrambling to stage their own historical play as ‘pageant fever’ swept the land". Cecil P. Goodden, The Story of the Sherborne Pageant (Sherborne, 1906).

Dr Tom Hulme and Dr Paul Readman, of The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016 project (which is examining historical pageants in twentieth century Britain), will talk about how what happened in Sherborne inspired the pageantry movement right up to the present day.

This will also be an opportunity to measure progress on the project to identify the 900 pageant performers, which is being undertaken by Rachel Hassall, the Sherborne School Archivist, with help from SDFHS members.

Price £15. SDFHS members: £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.

Jul 9, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

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 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. 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.

 

Jul 18, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Excavating in Egypt

Antiquities from ancient Egypt feature prominently in most of the world's major museums and Egypt itself often seems to be one large archaeological site - many people often ask if there can still be anything left to find. Dr Patricia Spencer has participated in excavations in Egypt for over 30 years and will describe fieldwork and research with which she has been involved, reviewing digging techniques and discoveries, past and present. She will also look at the tombs, tents and houses in which Egyptologists have lived while on their digs and describe village life in modern Egypt.

Dr Patricia Spencer was Director of the London-based Egypt Exploration Society until she retired at the end of 2011. After moving to Sherborne in 2012, she became Membership Secretary and Website Manager of the SDFHS.

There will be a refreshments break during the afternoon.

SDFHS members: £10. Non-members: £15. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jul 23, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

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 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. 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.

 

Jul 23, 2015 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1

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 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas.

Meet at Greenhill (westbound) bus stop. 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.

 

Aug 6, 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.

 

Aug 13, 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.

 

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: £15. Download booking form above. 

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: £15. 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: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form at the top of the page.