SDFHS Events

We organise Society events, either side of the county boundary between Somerset and Dorset, in both Yeovil and Sherborne. Yeovil events are held in our Family History Centre at Broadway House, Peter St., Yeovil BA20 1PN which is on the first and second floors, without lift access. Sherborne events are held at the Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL which is fully accessible.




The carriage age in Somerset and Dorset - Saturday 16 March 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

The carriage age in Somerset and Dorset - Saturday 16 March 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

Being on the route of the main highway to the west, the local area has a rich history associated with the era of the horse-drawn coach. This talk by Roger Marsh covers various aspects of our local roads in both Somerset and Dorset, including the Turnpike Trusts, Toll Houses, Coaching Routes and Inns, with many features from that time still ... [more info]

Essential Family History - Wednesdays 20, 27 March, 3, 10, 17 April 2019 (7.00-9.00pm)

£35.00

Essential Family History - Wednesdays 20, 27 March, 3, 10, 17 April 2019 (7.00-9.00pm)

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 27 March, 3, 10 and 17 April. 7.00-9.00pmThe 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 co... [more info]

Families divided by war: the strange fate of Channel Islanders in World War Two - Saturday 4 May 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Families divided by war: the strange fate of Channel Islanders in World War Two - Saturday 4 May 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

Paul Radford tells the little known story of the civilian evacuation of the Channel Islands in 1940 as fears grew that German forces would seize this part of British territory and the disruptive five-year occupation that followed, separating families and changing the lives of thousands of people forever. Paul, a Guernseyman, tells the story... [more info]

Monumental Inscriptions: family history on tablets of stone - Wednesday 5 June 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Monumental Inscriptions: family history on tablets of stone - Wednesday 5 June 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

'Monumental Inscriptions' are transcriptions taken from headstones, tombstones, plaques and war memorials.This talk, by John Damon, will explore the different types of memorial that can be found in churches, chapels, graveyards and cemeteries and how the information from them was recorded. There is often personal family information about lo... [more info]

Better than church - the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne - Saturday 29 June 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Better than church - the history of pubs and brewing in Sherborne - Saturday 29 June 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

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  ... [more info]

The Photographic Legacy of the American Civil War (1861-1865) - Saturday 27 July 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

The Photographic Legacy of the American Civil War (1861-1865) - Saturday 27 July 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

Robin Ansell will look at the earliest war photography before reviewing the American Civil War, as seen through the eyes of the photographers who recorded events as they happened and who have left us portraits of some of the most influential figures, and ordinary soldiers, at this pivotal time in US history.SDFHS Members: £3. Non-members: £... [more info]

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