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‘The Bishop, the Devil and the Boot’ – Katherine Barker’s reading of Sherborne Museum’s medieval wall painting

Early in March, the SDFHS Research Centre hosted a talk by Katherine Barker for the Sherborne Museum Association on a medieval wall painting discovered in 1962 during renovations to a house in Sherborne Katherine has very kindly enlarged on her original note describing the talk, to enable us to provide a more thorough record of her investigations: - The house was ‘Tudor Rose’ in Long Street and the painting, found during the removal of what was discovered to be a heavily papered-over...

Upcoming Events in Sherborne

In addition to the (usually monthly) talks organized by our 10 Groups throughout Somerset and Dorset (see http://wwwsdfhsorg/groups/) we now have a very full programme of Members' events at our Research Centre in Sherborne Full details of all these events (and others later in the year) and a downloadable booking form are on our website: http://wwwsdfhsorg/events/sdfhs-events/ but here are those upcoming between March and the end of May Starting on Wednesday 19 March (7-9pm), the SDFHS...

Grandad and Charlie Hounsell

In 2013 Barbara Elsmore arranged an exhibition on Foster's School for the Sherborne Museum and recognised her grandfather on one of the Museum's photographs I found this old school photograph in Sherborne Museum and realised my grandfather, Arthur Collings, was standing on the far left with his hands on the back of the chair of the boy in front of him The photo was taken in 1898 at Foster's School in Sherborne and is of the boys in forms IV, V and VI It was published in the SDFHS journal The...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore