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.




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 above or book online.


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 above or book online.


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 will entertain us with some of the tales from his latest book, including the mystery of the Battiscombe Skull and the story of the Sherborne Poisoner.

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.