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.




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]

Parish Registers: a social history - Saturday 7 September 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Parish Registers: a social history - Saturday 7 September 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

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]

Essential Family History - Wednesday evenings 16 October to 13 November 2019 (7.00-9.00pm)

£35.00

Essential Family History - Wednesday evenings 16 October to 13 November 2019 (7.00-9.00pm)

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]

British Royal Burials: from Sherborne to Windsor - Saturday 19 October (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

British Royal Burials: from Sherborne to Windsor - Saturday 19 October (2.30-4.30pm)

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]

Every picture tells a story - Saturday 23 November 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

£3.00

Every picture tells a story - Saturday 23 November 2019 (2.30-4.30pm)

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]

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