SDFHS Sherborne Events, and events where the SDFHS will be represented

For further information on SDFHS events at our Sherborne Family History Centre e-mail or phone: 01935 389611. A booking form for 2014-15 events in Sherborne can be downloaded here. Please note that places are limited for all Sherborne events, so early booking is advised.

Details of SDFHS Group events can be found on individual Group pages, click here.

* indicates SDFHS attendance at an event organised by another FHS or organisation.




Jan 24, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The Zulu War

The Anglo Zulu War of 1879 arose from the desire of the British Government to form a Federation of their possessions in Africa with the Boer Republics and African kingdoms, similar to the Federation they had achieved in Canada.  

Col. Iain Swinnerton will look at the events leading up to the war, the course of the war including the disastrous defeat at Isandlwana, the heroic defence of Rorkes’ Drift and some of the myths attached to it, and the final defeat of the Zulu Nation at Ulundi.

There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon and an opportunity for a wine-tasting of South African wines.

Col. Swinnerton served in the British Regular and Territorial Armies for 34 years and, on retirement, became a professional military researcher and historian. He chaired the meeting in 1974 which lead to the formation of the international Federation of Family History Societies and was subsequently elected its first chairman and then President until 1997. He is the Military Advisor of the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society.

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form.

Feb 21, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Parish Registers and Brick Walls

A Social History of Parish Registers, followed by Breaking Down Brick Walls. A Ted Udall double-bill for those wanting to develop their family histories skills.

There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon.

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form.

Apr 11, 2015 - 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM

'Billy Yank or Johnny Reb' *

Robin Ansell and others will review the American Civil War, with special reference to participants from Somerset and Dorset.

* ‘Johnny Reb and Billy Yank’ was a 1950s’ newspaper comic strip which told the story of the American Civil War.

There will be a refreshments' break during the afternoon.

Price: £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form.

Apr 16, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Memorials in the Landscape; Landscape as Memorial.

Maggie Goodall, Education and Training Officer of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, will talk about memorials. To be followed by guided tours of the Sherborne War Memorial, the Dorset Regiment Chapel in Sherborne Abbey, and the Sherborne School War Memorial.

Time yet to be confirmed.

This is a SPAB talk, shared with a limited number of SDFHS members. £5 per person. Download booking form.

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.