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. 

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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.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 29, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Better than church - the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne

William Blake famously said: "a good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there’s more conversation". The inn and the alehouse have been part of the English tradition for centuries, and although Blake wasn’t keen on organised religion, it’s clear he enjoyed a visit to a public house.

Barry Brock's  talk will investigate the history of the inn and the alehouse in Sherborne, and the part played by the common brewer. It will provide an insight into the means and methods used to research the history of these institutions, and take a look at some of the people involved and the tales associated with them.

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

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

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

 

Jul 6, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM

The Family History Show, South West

The largest family history show in the South West of England. Many family history societies and companies attend each year. Free Talks are hosted throughout the day. Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day, and there are more than 40 exhibitors. Website.

 

 

Jul 27, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

The Photographic Legacy of the American Civil War (1861-1865)

Two of Robin Ansell’s passions come together in this talk – photographic history and the American Civil War. He will briefly touch upon some of the earlier conflicts that were photographed, before reviewing in greater detail the extensive and amazingly varied photographic legacy of the Civil War. He will dispel the myth that renowned photographer Mathew Brady took all the photographs, by showing noteworthy examples from members of his team.

Amongst the illustrations famous faces (from General Custer to General Butler) rub shoulders with the long-forgotten, and inevitably some still rather shocking, corpse-strewn battlefields are depicted. Railway/rail road enthusiasts will no doubt be pleased at the inclusion of several early photographs of wood-Burning, 4-4-0 steam locomotives! Should time permit, Robin Will also show some examples from his personal collection of original, Civil War-era cartes-de-visite.

In addition to being a member of the SDFHS, Robin is also a long-time member (and former Archivist) of the American Civil War Round Table UK.

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

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

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

 

Sep 7, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Parish registers: a social history

Many people are familiar with the term 'Parish registers’. Family historians in particular are conversant with their content and the information they provide. However, relatively few are aware of the social and economic issues which caused them and influenced their development.

Ted Udall takes a light-hearted look at the history of these records and charts the occasionally bizarre relationships between church, state and a populace determined to use the regulations each to his (or her) own advantage.

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

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

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

 

 

Sep 21, 2019 - 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM

SDFHS Open Day and AGM

The SDFHS Open Day and Annual General Meeting, hosted this year by the Society’s West Somerset Group, will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 at The Tithe Barn, Dunster, Somerset, TA24 6RY

PROGRAMME

 9.30  Doors open

10.00 Tea & Coffee will be served

10.30 Rebecca Smith (Commonwealth War Graves Commission), Their Name Liveth Forevermore:          the history and work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Annual General Meeting. The Agenda and Accounts/Report for 2018 will be circulated with the September issue of the Greenwood Tree.

13.00 Lunch (£5 a head, must be booked in advance, see below)          

14.00 Guided tours (£2 per person, payable on the day) around the village of Dunster. If the weather is wet then there will be a talk about the village instead.

16.00 Close

Full details with booking forms for the lunch and guided walks was sent to all members with the June issue of The Greenwood Tree. The leaflet can also be downloaded here.

Enquiries about booking stalls or arrangements at the venue should be sent to: westsomfhg@gmail.com

 

 

Sep 29, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Bristol & Avon FHS Fair *

SDFHS volunteers will be attending the BAFHS Fair, which will be held at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. Website.

 

Oct 16, 2019 to Nov 13, 2019

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. Also on 23 and 30 October, 6 and 13 November. 7.00-9.00pm

The course is for absolute beginners and also for those who have been researching for some time and perhaps come to some dead-ends. The course consists of five two-hour sessions and covers basic research techniques both on and off the computer. Handouts will be supplied where necessary - just bring your own notebook and pen/pencil.

The course will cover:

  • Interviewing relatives
  • Has it been done already?
  • Certificates
  • The Census
  • Parish records
  • Other records (a summary)
  • Writing it up.

LIMITED NUMBERS. Please book in advance, by phoning 01935 429609, emailing: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

SDFHS members £35 for the five sessions. Non-members £40. includes hand-outs. 

Venue: Broadway House Family History Centre, Peter St, Yeovil BA20 1PN. Please note that the meeting room is on the second floor and there is no lift access.

 

Oct 19, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

British Royal Burials: from Sherborne to Windsor

During this afternoon, Professor Aidan Dodson will explore the royal tombs of England, Scotland and the United Kingdom, beginning with those of the early English kingdoms (which included Sherborne Abbey), and ending with the tomb-chapel added to Windsor's St George's Chapel for the interment of George VI. Our journey will extend over much of mainland Britain, with excursions to the Continent to view the burial places of rulers whose dominions extended there - or whose careers ended there in exile - and to both magnificent standing buildings and to those reduced to no more than foundations.

Professor Aidan Dodson is Honorary Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Bristol. He is the author of British Royal Tombs (2018).

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

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

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

 

 

Nov 23, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Every picture tells a story

Graham Bendell, who curates the photographic collection at Sherborne Museum, will show how much we can learn, both about people and places, from studying old photographs.

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

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

* Phone: 01935 429609, email: sdfhsmembership@outlook.com or book online.

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