Sandwich History Society: Meetings; Notices; Lectures & Talks
Sandwich History Society holds events and talks throughout the year - Entrance fee to the Guildhall Lectures for non members is only £1 - Parking is available in The Guildhall Car Park see our Find Us webpage
Sandwich Refugee Week
Monday 19th to Saturday 24th March
Events & Exibition in St.Peter's Church - Talks in The Guildhall - Film at the Empire Cinema - more in Sandwich Library and The Museum.
Event - Elsewhere in Kent
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018
Roman Finds Group Canterbury Meeting at Kent University (Canterbury Campus)
Richborough and Beyond
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Dr. Ben Marsh
Kent and the quest to make British Silk 1600 - 1800
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Dr. Ann Kneif
The Bevin Boys of the Second World War
TOUR NEWS: 2017 - A Very Successful Guiding Season
Dr Mike Vaile, Tours Organiser for the Sandwich Local History Society, reported that 2017 had been the most successful year to date for guided tours of our historic town.
49 tours were completed for 846 people in 113 separate groups – a record of which we are very proud!
These included two visits from our junior school, one from Northbourne Park school, a group of Rover car enthusiasts from the UK and the Low Countries, a large family group from Belgium, two groups of Rotarians, and groups from Frittenden, Harrietsham, New Romney, Gravesend and Dover.
We also repeated last year’s “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for our Mayor and his fellow Cinque Port Mayors, and took the new museum volunteers around the town to increase their knowledge.
We are always looking for new guides – training will be given, we don’t push you in at the deep end, and you will have great fun and meet lots of interesting people!
Dr Mike Vaile would be very pleased to hear from you (tel: 01227 722324 email: email@example.com)
Frank's Last Tour
Frank Andrews has led two full "training/refresher" tours for SLHS guides.
These tours were the culmination of 28 years of experience, knowledge of the town and its history, and how to deliver guided tours. The Society owes him a great deal.
Pupils from Year 4 Sandwich Junior School
Pupils from Year 4 Sandwich Junior School who visited Richborough Roman Fort on a very sunny, study day accompanied by John Hennessy, Chairman on a four hour visit (24th May 2017) which was enjoyed by all.
Past Taks, Events and Days Out
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Ms Lucyanne Curling
"Letters from my Sandwich ancestors: September 1819"
Thursday 8th March - at 7:30pm
Sandwich Guildhall Museum - Professor Louise Wilkinson lecture at Sandwich Guildhall
Sandwich and its Royal Connections Under King Henry III: The Wedding Train of Isabella the Empress
Tickets are free but as space is limited so those wanting to attend will need to register on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7:30pm
The Battle of Waterloo
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7:30pm
Annual General General Meeting
Followed by Nick Woodland on History all around us: Sandwich's Street Furniture.
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:30pm
Life in a Victorian Workhouse
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 7:30pm
Dr John Bulaitis:
Canterbury Christ Church University, revisits an often forgotten piece of rural history
The ‘Curious Rural Revolt’: The Tithe War in East Kent, 1930-1936
The national press dubbed it ‘the tithe war’. Farmers and their families confronted bailiffs trying to seize property and livestock, disrupted auctions, blockaded farms and organised raids to recover ‘distrained’ livestock.
Focusing particularly on the leading role played by the men and women of East Kent, including George Christopher Solley
Tour News - “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for mayoral colleagues from all over Kent.
Following a very successful event last year, on Wednesday 20th September Cllr Paul Graeme, the Mayor of Sandwich, hosted a repeat “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for mayoral colleagues from all over Kent.
Around 30 mayors, mayoresses, some of their drivers and town sergeants enjoyed a tour of the Guildhall with Sandwich Town Sergeant Kevin Cook, followed by guided tours of the town with members of Sandwich Local History Society.
A glass of champagne followed by a delicious tea and a raffle raised nearly £800 for the Mayor’s fund.
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7:30pm
Early Aviation in Kent
This will be a joint meeting with the Sandwich Library Guild - Bar drinks will be available from 7:00pm
Bank Holiday Saturday 26th August 2017 at 2:00pm
FREE - Tours of Sandwich by The Sandwich Local History Society
Part of The Sandwich Festival
Sandwich Local History Society gave free tours of the town from the Guildhall at 2 pm on Saturday 26th August. Tickets were obtainable from the Tourist Information Office (telephone 01304 613565) to book a place.
For Sandwich Festival Programme see www.open-sandwich.co.uk/events/sandwich_festival.htm
Wednesday 23rd August 2017
The Battle of Sandwich 1217 - talk in The Guildhall
Sean McGlynn, renowned author and historian, delivered a talk as part of Sandwich Museum's Heritage Lottery funded lecture series, entitled 'The Battle of Sandwich 1217 and Why It Is More Important Than the Spanish Armada and Trafalgar'
This included a preview viewing of the special exhibition and animation made for the event by Royal Holloway College, University of London.
Sean McGlynn, who gave the recent lecture at the Guildhall on the Battle of Sandwich, reports that his article on the Battle is in the November edition of History Today.
Kent History Federation Conference 2017
Saturday 20th May 2017 - The Guildhall Sandwich
Kent History Federation Conference 2017 - The 800th anniversary of the Battle of Sandwich
The Kent History Federation one-day conference hosted by Sandwich Local History Society attracted a full house of delegates from all over the county.
Richard Brooks, author of "The Knight who Saved England", was the keynote speaker of the conference to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Sandwich
The Revd. Dr Peter Rowe, President of the Kent History Federation, was welcomed to Sandwich by the Mayor, Mayoress and Town Sergeant