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


Thursday 19th May 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Ann Kneif

The Bevin Boys of the Second World War

Please click for enlarged pdf Poster

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: mike.vaile@zen.co.uk)

Frank's Last Tour

Frank Andrews 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

John Hennessy Civic Award

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 Talks, Events and Days Out


Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Ben Marsh

Kent and the quest to make British Silk 1600 - 1800

Event - Elsewhere in Kent

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018

Roman Finds Group Canterbury Meeting at Kent University (Canterbury Campus)

Richborough and Beyond

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.

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

Derek Murphy

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

Peter Ewart

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

Brian Flood

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

See our web page for full details

Frank Andrews Last Tour

The Kent History Federation one-day conference hosted by Sandwich Local History Society attracted a full house of delegates from all over the county.

Frank Andrews Last Tour

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

John Hennessy Civic Award

The Revd. Dr Peter Rowe, President of the Kent History Federation, was welcomed to Sandwich by the Mayor, Mayoress and Town Sergeant