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Sherborne School

Snapshots in Time – (second in series)

In the first article in this series we looked at some of the old photographs likely taken by Adam Gosney and collected together by George King (1859-1932), Sherborne Abbey Verger from 1892 until 1929 George lectured on Sherborne and Sherborne Abbey to raise funds for the restoration of the Lady Chapel His photographs, on glass plates and lantern slides, have been located in the library/muniment room in Sherborne Abbey and these have been scanned by Rachel Hassall, Sherborne School...

The Pageant’s Progress

It has been very pleasing to receive contact from others who have discovered that someone they may have further knowledge about, or who might have been a family member, took part in the Sherborne Pageant of 1905 Any discoveries, however small, are often met with wonder or surprise as a little chink of light is thrown onto someone from long ago and a photo is often the key Many of the old photos can be seen in the Sherborne School Archive Flickr collection There is absolutely nothing like a...

The Sherborne Pageant Project on our website

In the August edition of Who Do You Think You Are magazine respected writer, Alan Crosby, gave the SDFHS a real boost by featuring one of our current projects - The Sherborne Pageant of 1905 How did Alan know we are undertaking this project He read about it in the Projects' section of our website which he went on to recommend that his readers should explore as an example of 'a superb website' This is the direct link to the Sherborne Pageant Participants Project Just think before the days of...

The Sherborne Pageant of 1905

In 1905, to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the founding of the town of Sherborne by Bishop St Aldhelm in 705, the local Church Council decided to mark the event with a historical pageant which, during the planning, grew in size to involve 900 local people and was staged in the grounds of Sherborne’s ruined 12th Century castle A team of researchers at King’s College, London is currently studying historical pageants for a major AHRC-funded Research Project and on Saturday 4 July Dr Tom...

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