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

Date

Event

Location

Oct 5, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Devon FHS Annual Conference *

The Society's representatives will be attending the Annual Conference (including the AGM) of the Devon Family History Society at the Kenn Centre, Exeter Rd, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE. Website.

 

 

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 6, 2019 - 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

Families in the Utilities

John Damon, who started as an apprentice with the Southern Electricity Board, can trace his family connections with the utilities back to his Great Grandfather who worked for the Bournemouth Gas & Water Co. 125 years ago. His talk will explore the history of some local utilities and show how much family information can be gleaned from the sports and social pages of company magazines, including photographs, sporting or work-related achievements, christenings or marriages, and obituaries.

SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £5.

Book in advance* or pay at the door.

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

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

 

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

Every picture tells a story

"In 2014 I was asked if I would be interested helping in the photographic archive in Sherborne Museum. The answer had to be yes and the last five years have been fascinating and very rewarding.

In my talk I will show examples of images from both the Museum Archive and my own postcard collection which, with some research, can tell us about the stories which lie behind them. Many of the Museum images have limited descriptions which state the obvious, such as "View of Cheap Street”. Close study of the photographs often yields details which had previously gone unnoticed. These details can help with dating and context which add immensely to the  value of the image. Researching local newspapers can also, in some cases, give more detail.

This is an ongoing project which will certainly outlast me and will always be a “work in progress”.

Expect to see images including:-

  • The burnt out cottages
  • The woodwork shop
  • A peaceful scene about to be obliterated
  • The opened parachute

Each has a story which I will reveal.”

 

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.

 

 

Apr 17, 2020 to Apr 18, 2020

Family Tree Live *

SDFHS volunteers will be attending the Family Tree Livegenealogy show at Alexandra Palace, giving advice and helping with enquiries. We will also have a bookstall of local and family history publications for sale.