Sandwich History Society: Talks and Events

Sandwich History Society holds talks or lectures throughout the year – non members are welcome at the Guildhall Sandwich for a nominal donation of £1. Parking is available in the adjacent Guildhall Car Park details on our Find Us webpage
More information about the lectures and outings please contact Jacqui Linning

Lectures 2018/19 in The Guildhall, Sandwich

Lectures and Talks are on our summer break and will resume in the autumn - Please look again

Events of Interest and Days Out

Wednesday 5th June at 7:00pm - doors open 6:15 for early viewing of the exhibition
Not a Sandwich History Society Lecture, but maybe of interest.Canterbury Unesco World Heritage Site

Troublesome Tom:

on becoming a Paine -

A Free Lecture in the Guildhall by Robert E Dunay about Tom Paine (to coincide with the opening of the museum's new temporary exhibition on this famous Sandwich resident.)

Admission by Ticket available from the Visitors Information Centre
Doors open at 6:15pm - purchase wine and soft drinks - All proceeds to the Museum Archives

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Item of Interest from the British Film Institute -

A 9 minute Film made in 1934 "Curiosities of Sandwich" - a delicious portrait of Sandwich, photographed by Fred Ford.

Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th MayCanterbury Unesco World Heritage Site

Celebrating Thirty Years of the Canterbury Unesco World Heritage Site

2019 marks the 30th anniversary year of Canterbury’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Join us for the St Augustine’s Feast Day followed by two days of talks, a wine reception and a light show to celebrate Canterbury’s inspiring heritage and to consider how we can sustain it for future generations.

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Saturdays: 6th; 13th and 20th JulyCanterbury Unesco World Heritage Site

Faversham Open House

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Faversham Open House and Faversham is working towards making it the best yet with over 50 properties on view.

With such a varied selection there will be something to suit everyone. There are plenty of new properties to view for those who are regular visitors and old favourites such as the old Pharmacy Courtyard which was featured in the very first Open House in1969.

New this year is the South East Coachworks, specialists in bus and coach refurbishment and restoration some of which are for film sets and music festivals. The Oare Gunpowder Works which is registered as an ancient monument now includes the Formans house in the grounds recently having been renovated.

We are sure that you will enjoy the chance to visit the historic buildings and lovely private houses in this ancient town. Those that went last year for the first time and had a most enjoyable day.

The handbook is fascinating - it gives the reader an insight into these historic buildings and houses and how they have evolved over the years. Please click / tap to read more>>

Past Talks and Past Events

9th May 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Lt. Col. Dick Bolton

"Our Ports of Stranded Pride: The Cinque Ports of Kent and Sussex."

18th April 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. John Reuther

"The Death to the Funeral of Lord Nelson 1805 - 1806"

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April

Tudors and Stuarts, a weekend of events celebrating Tudor and Stuart history.

Speakers include:

  • Imogen Corrigan
  • Miranda Kaufmann
  • Glen Richardson
  • David Starkey
  • Alexandra Walsham
  • Alison Weir - and may more ----

Saturday 23rd March - Four sessions throughout the day from 9:30 am to 5:00pm

WILLIAM SOMNER (1606 - 1699) - Canterbury
Conference & Exhibition celebrating 350th Anniversary of this great Kentish scholar

Book tel: 01227 782994 or via website

Saturday 16th March 10:00 am to 2:30pm

Ashford Archaeological and Historical Society
Industrial Archaeology Day School

14th March 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Geoff Doel

"Outsiders: Outlaws, Poachers, Smugglers and Highwaymen"

14th February 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Cathryn Pearce

"The Sons of Plunder: Daniel Defoe and the Wreckers of Kent"

17th January 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Annual General Meeting

Followed by Nick Woodland on "Sandwich Businesses - Then and Now"

Sandwich Museum - 2018

The autumn / winter exhibition ties in with the WW1 commemoration and uses the research from a team of Archives volunteers that tells the story of those that lost their lives from Sandwich and is part of a wider programme of events to mark the end of the war.

15th November 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Len Howell of English Heritage

"Operation Fortitude - the secret success of D Day"

11th October 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Rebekah Higgitt

"Not by clockwork alone - the 18th century search for longitude"

13th September 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Edward Towne

"The Court of Charles I"