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Family History Society

Events

Below is a list of upcoming SDFHS events. The listing includes both online events and in-person events planned for 2022. At present there are doubts as to whether the latter will be able to go ahead as planned, so please check in advance with the organising Group.

Old Wimbornians

Date: 15th April 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: Hilda Coles room at Museum of East Dorset
East Dorset Group

“Old Wimbornians” by John Guy

150 years of courtroom drama

Date: 17th April 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Blackmore Vale Group

150 years of courtroom drama

Speaker: Anne Brown

Shire Hall, Dorchester, was the centre of justice and local government from 1797 to 1955. The courtroom was the scene of many famous and infamous trials throughout this period from the internationally significant Tolpuddle Martyrs to Martha Brown, said to be the inspiration for Hardy’s Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Particularly fascinating, are the stories of the ordinary Dorset men, women and children who found themselves in the dock during the 19th century. Meet young arsonists, resourceful smugglers and inept engine drivers, encounter an alleged witch, and enter the crime hotspots of Dorset! Anne is Learning Manager at Shire Hall Museum in Dorchester.

Son of a Spy

Date: 19th April 2024
Time: 14:30
Location: St. Aldhelm's Church Centre, DT3 5EW
South Dorset Group

‘Son of a Spy’ by Mike Randall (a postponed talk from Oct 20th 2023)

“Those Old Photos and Postcards” – bring them to Loders

Date: 20th April 2024
Time: 14:00
Location: Loders Village Hall
West Dorset Group

“Those Old Photos and Postcards” – bring them to Loders: we will have an introduction from Jane and then an opportunity to have a Q & A session with your old photos and postcards to look at dating them and discuss how you can include them in your family history narratives.

More jottings from a family historians notebook – Bastardy, Bigamy, Incest and Murder

Date: 24th April 2024
Time: 19:15
Location: Williton Pavillion, Williton, Somerset TA4 4PG
West Somerset Group

Speaker – Andrew Janes, more jottings from a family historians notebook – Bastardy, Bigamy, Incest and Murder