SDFHS Events, and events where the SDFHS will be represented

For enquiries about SDFHS events at our Family History Centre in Yeovil, or held in Sherborne,  e-mail or phone: 01935 429609. 

You can now book and pay for our 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, Broadway House, Peter St, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1PN.

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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.




Apr 28, 2018 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Exploring the History of your House

If you enjoyed the BBC's 'A House through Time' and want to find out how the research was done and how you can investigate the history of your own house, or, perhaps, one lived in by your ancestors, Barry Brock and Barbara Elsmore will talk about houses that they have researched and guide you through the various resources available.

The afternoon will include two talks:

Getting started with your Sherborne house history - Barry Brock

The story behind an old set of house plans  - Barbara Elsmore

with time for discussion.

SDFHS Members £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book by downloading the form above or securely at our online shop

Venue: Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.


May 12, 2018 - 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Skills Workshop; Reading Old Documents

Anyone who wishes to research original sources before the typewriter will soon realise that there are many different scripts to be mastered when reading old documents. In this workshop Ted Udall presents some of the more common ‘hands’ and gives practical advice on deciphering them. Please bring your own pencil and notepad - other materials will be provided.

For a summary of Ted's previous 'Documents Workshop', see here.

SDFHS Members £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

LIMITED NUMBERS. Please book in advance by downloading the form above, or at our onine shop.

Venue: Broadway House Family History Centre, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN.


Jun 9, 2018 - 02:30 AM to 04:30 AM

The Railway History of Yeovil, South Somerset & West Dorset

Roger Marsh will discuss the origins and development of the railway system in our area.

With the advent of Brunel’s broad gauge railway from London to Bristol and onwards to the west and the London & South Western Railway line from London to Southampton under the leadership of Joseph Locke, South Somerset and West Dorset found itself in an area eagerly wanting to join the new era in transport. During the late 1830s and early 1840s several local businessmen felt that there was a fortune to be made from the railways being the future mode of transport and subsequently various schemes were put forward  across our local area that would provide much needed prosperity. Needless to say many schemes failed but eventually a railway network developed that not only revolutionised local transport and communications but also changed local industry for ever. However, in our lifetime we have seen the decline of the local railways into the rationalised network of today

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book by downloading the form above or securely at our online shop

Venue: Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.


Jun 30, 2018 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

All around Milborne Port and area in World War II

Richard Duckworth will present a film, which he has compiled, showing what was happening in our area during WWII, including footage of Home Guard training, events just before D Day in 1944 and the celebrations in Sherborne at the end of the War. We hope that the film will revive memories for those who lived through the War and inform those too young to remember it! The film lasts about an hour and there will be time for questions and discussion during refreshments.

With local family links to Milborne Port and Sherborne, Richard Duckworth has been collecting old photographs and films of the area for nearly 40 years. He is the author of ‘Yesterday’s Milborne Port’ and collaborated with Richard Brewer and Sherborne Museum to produce the DVD ‘Milborne Port now and then’. 

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5. Includes refreshments.

Book by downloading the form above or securely at our online shop

Venue: Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.


Sep 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

SDFHS Open Day and AGM, 2018

The Society's 2018 Open Day, including our Annual General Meeting, is being organised by our East Dorset Group at Queen Elizabeth's School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4DT.

The Open Day will include a talk on family history by Dr Nick Barratt, President of the Federation of Family History Societies, and one on house history by Gill Blanchard. Exhibitors will include other regional family history societies, historical organisations and retailers. 

Further details will be added at a later date. Enquiries: Rita Pettet (mobile) 07821 032118; (land line) 01202 772327.