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.

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Date

Event

Location

Apr 6, 2016 to May 4, 2016

Essential Family History

The first session of a five week evening course, with Ted Udall. Also on 13, 20, 27 April and 4 May

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.

 

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

One-Name and One-Place Studies

Have you ever wondered what a One-Name or One-Place Study is and how to go about starting one? Col. Iain Swinnerton, a founder member of the Guild of One-Name Studies, and Sue Thornton-Grimes, the GOONS Dorset representative, will explain One-Name Studies and Bette Baldwin of the Friends of Hoar Oak Cottage, on Exmoor, will discuss her own experience of undertaking a One-Place Study.

Sue Thornton-Grimes: An Introduction to the Guild of One Name Studies.

This talk will tell you about the Guild, its activities and the support it offers to those who are carrying out research not just into their own ancestors, but others who also bore the same surname or variant.

Bette Baldwin: From Shepherds Cott to Conserved Ruin: finding and sharing the history of one small place on Exmoor. 

When Ruth Sedgbeer died in 2010 the search for her relatives resulted in an Heir Hunters TV programme which brought two of her family together for the first time.  They decided to investigate and save the history and heritage of the remote cottage on Exmoor where their ancestors had once lived and worked as shepherds. That search turned into a project to find out more about Hoar Oak Cottage and track down every family who had ever lived and worked there; to understand why they had come to be there and what their lives would have been like.  Bette Baldwin's talk will tell the story of their journey and what they found.

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

 

May 12, 2016 - 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Romans in the West Country

John Smith, an archaeologist who has given many talks on Roman  Britain will describe how the Roman Period in Somerset and Dorset still influences how we live today. The Romans and Romano-Britons were the first family historians in Britain, providing evidence for discovering several generations through their written history, family inscriptions and even personalised possessions.

SDFHS Members and Non-members: £5. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

May 21, 2016 - 10:30 AM to 02:00 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, and Sherborne School. This year the day will focus on the centenary of the battle of the Somme.

This is a free event - no need to book. Last entry at 2pm.

 

Jun 9, 2016 - 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM

Online Parish Clerks: what they do and how they can help you

Have you ever wondered what an Online Parish Clerk does? Pat Balmer has been an OPC for a Cornish parish since 2003.  She will explain how the OPC scheme started, what an OPC does and how an OPC can help you in your researches in Somerset and Dorset and further afield.

SDFHS Members and Non-members: £5. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jun 11, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

The Battle of Jutland and the First World War at sea

One of the many factors that contributed to the outbreak of the the First World War was the naval rivalry between Germany and the UK, which had seen the German Navy rise from a second-rate force in the early 1890s to the second largest in the world by 1914. Yet the 'decisive battle' that both sides had anticipated never happened, the only encounter between the complete battlefleets of the two powers being the 'score draw' of the Battle of Jutland, which took place a century ago, on 31 May/1 June 1916. This afternoon we will look at the story of the war at sea during the Great War and the place of the battle within it, in which many of the British sailors came from Devonport, and who were among the 6,000 who lost their lives during it.

Dr Aidan Dodson, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and while best known as an Egyptologist, has also been researching and writing on naval history since the 1990s. His new book, The Kaiser's Battlefleet: German capital ships 1871–1918 is due to be published by Seaforth in the spring of 2016.

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

 

Jul 7, 2016 - 02:30 PM

My Namesake, the Butcher of Beaminster

Peter Meech will speak about a man who had a successful career in Victorian London and became a benefactor in West Dorset.

SDFHS Members and Non-members: £5. Download booking form at the top of the page.

 

Jul 14, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 (14 July)

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.

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 16, 2016 - 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Marriage Law for Genealogists

In two talks Professor Rebecca Probert of the University of Warwick will discuss how the laws relating to marriage, divorce and bigamy have changed over the centuries and assess the implications for genealogists trying to unravel their own family histories.

Legal requirements and actual practice

This talk explains how, when and where people in past centuries married. Family historians just starting out will find advice on where ‘missing’ marriages are most likely to be found, while those already well advanced in tracing their family tree will be able to interpret their discoveries to better understand their ancestors’ motivations in this most personal and universal of areas, and whether their choices made them exceptional or normal for their day. This talk exposes the mistaken assumptions and folklore which lie behind most accounts of pre-twentieth-century marriage practices, and replaces them with the results of many years of painstaking primary research.

Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages

It’s very likely that some of your ancestors married more than once over their lifetime. But why precisely? and what can their remarriages tell us? How likely was remarriage after a bereavement, and what social and legal factors affected that decision? Was divorce an easy way out of marriage? If people committed bigamy, what were the likely consequences for all concerned? Drawing on thousands of cases, from the Old Bailey to magistrates’ courts, this talk provides new research findings on the nature and extent of remarriage in past centuries and decades to help family historians interpret their ancestors’ lives.

Dr Patricia Spencer, the SDFHS Membership Secretary, will also describe briefly a case study - her Grandfather’s bigamous marriages.

Professor Rebecca Probert (School of Law, University of Warwick) is particularly interested in the historical definition and treatment of marriage, bigamy, and cohabitation. Her reassessment of the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753 was published in 2009, and her history of the law's treatment of cohabiting couples in 2012, both by Cambridge University Press. She is also the author of Marriage Law for Genealogists; the definitive Guide and Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? both of which are available at the SDFHS bookshop:

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

 

Jul 20, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 (20 July)

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.

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 28, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 (28 July)

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.

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.

 

Aug 4, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2 (4 Aug)

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.

Route 2. Newland, Castleton, Long Street and South Street.

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 11, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 06:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2 (11 Aug)

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.

Route 2. Newland, Castleton, Long Street and South Street.

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 18, 2016 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 2 (18 Aug)

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.

Route 2. Newland, Castleton, Long Street and South Street.

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

My Life in Family History/Criminal Ancestors

David Hawkings, a Vice-President of the SDFHS will talk about his own family history research and then about ‘Criminal Ancestors’.

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

 

Sep 3, 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.

 

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 for the Open Day, click here.
 
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: http://www.sdfhs.org/sdfhs-projects/

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.