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.
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]
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]
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... [more info]
A five week evening course, with Ted Udall, an experienced researcher who is currently the SDFHS Secretary. On 16, 23, 30 October and 6, 13 November 2019. 7.00pm - 9.00pm.The course is designed for beginners to family history
research or those looking for a 'refreshers' course on the essentials. It
consists of five two-hour sessions and co... [more info]
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 mainla... [more info]
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.Venue: Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.... [more info]