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

Lectures 2018/19

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

Len Howell of English Heritage

"Operation Fortitude - the secret success of D Day"

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

Annual General Meeting

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

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

Dr. Cathryn Pearce

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

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

Dr. Geoff Doel

"Outsiders: Outlaws, Poachers, Smugglers and Highwaymen"

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

Dr. John Reuther

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

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."

Events of Interest and Days Out

Tuesday 13th November 9:30am to 4:00pm - Exploring Kentish Naming Practices Conference at:
Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University Longport, Canterbury CT1 1PL

Exploring Kentish Naming Practices Conference

Paul Cullen, Mark Bateson, Barrie Cook, Margaret Lawrence, Ellie Rye, Sheila Sweetinburgh
Tavern names, early medieval place names, and surnames
All welcome: tickets: £15 or £10 for CCCU students Booking:
or phone 01227 782994 or buy online at

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Saturday 17th November at 7:30pm Sandwich WI are holding an Open Meeting / Lecture in the Guildhall

Presented by Prof Stirrup is an eminent professor in American history, especially the Native Indians, and has made a special study of those who came to the UK, especially Pocohantas, and he is the son of one of the WI members.
The charge for attending the lecture, including the famous WI refreshments, is £2
I am sure many of you would be interested to go along and if so, please let me know so that I can let the WI know for catering purposes Tel. Mathilda 01304 613377

Past Talks and Events

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 speaking on "The Court of Charles I"

Sandwich Museum - Summer 2018

A summer exhibition Strange Cargoes explores the unexpected stories surrounding Sandwich’s role as a port beginning with Becket’s arrival and finishing in the 1970s with the delivery of Esso fuel by boat, with other curious and surprising tales in between. Please do feel free to visit the exhibition

The autumn exhibition will tie in with the WW1 commemoration and will use the research taking place by a team of Archives volunteers to tell the story of those that lost their lives from Sandwich and will be part of a wider programme of events during the autumn months to mark the end of the war.