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 2019/20 in The Guildhall, Sandwich - 7:30pm

12th September 2019 - 7:00 for 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Frank Andrews

"Scandal in Sandwich – the 1880 General Election"

A joint meeting with The Sandwich Library guild and drinks will be served in the bar in return for a donation from 7:00pm, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm

10th October 2019 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Jim Davies

"The East Kent Coalfields"

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

Dr. Tim Mason

"Edward Jenner and the Smallpox Virus"

16th January 2020 7:00 for 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Annual General Meeting

Followed by a talk - Nick Woodland on "Sandwich Pubs – Past and Present"

13th February 2020 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Juliette Pattinson

"The Blitz – Propaganda, Women, Civilians, Evacuation"

12th March 2020 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Peter Ewart

"The Nailbourne, with mention of the Delf"

16th April 2020 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. David Eaves

"Wingham – how well do we know our neighbour?"

21st May 2020 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Professor Jackie Eales

"The Glorious Revolution"

Events of Interest and Days Out

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.

Saturday 21st September 2019, 9.30–16.30

Revisiting Sources and Themes in Parish Histories conference -
A Day Conference to be held in Canterbury on Saturday 21st September 2019, 9.30–16.30

This conference will provide an opportunity to see a range of parish sources held in the Canterbury Cathedral archives & library. Then attendees at Old Sessions, CCCU, can hear talks about a major project on parish records, hear about a Kent case study based on a period that sees the loss of many parish records and the introduction of some new sources, revisit debates about the taking of communion in the early modern period, and celebrate the achievement of Valerie Hitchman on the launch of her Database of Churchwardens’ Accounts hosted by the Warwick Network for Parish Research.

Exhibition: Canterbury Cathedral Archives & Library, CT1 2HG: 9.30–10.45
Lectures & Plenary Panel: Old Sessions House, CCCU, CT1 1PL: 11.00–16.30

To book:
Tickets: £10 for the exhibition; £15 for lectures and plenary panel; CCCU students £10 (exhibition, lectures & plenary panel)
Phone: 01227 782994 Email:
Organised by the Centre for Kent History and Heritage at Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent and Warwick University’s Network for Parish Research
In aid of the Ian Coulson Memorial Postgraduate Award fund for CCCU history and archaeology of Kent postgraduates.

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Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 7pm (wine reception from 6.30pm)Canterbury Talks and Lectures

Michael Nightingale Memorial 8th Annual Lecture
'Retribution, performing passivity and protest anew: social and political relations in Kent after the Swing Riots'

Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury CT1 1PL
Professor Carl Griffin (Professor of Historical Geography, University of Sussex)
In studies of rural social conflict two themes have dominated: on the one hand, studies of the major outbreaks of rural protest, and, on the other, analyses of everyday conflict and social relations. This lecture attempts to bring the two together by asking a rather different question: what happens to and in rural communities after major episodes of protest?

The focus is the Swing Riots of 1830 and the years that ensued up until the implementation of the New Poor Law starting in the early months of 1835.

All welcome, booking not required and entry is free (voluntary retiring collection)
Organised jointly by the CCCU Centre for Kent History and Heritage and the Agricultural Museum, Brook Please Click for enlaged poster

10th June through to 28th OctoberCanterbury Unesco World Heritage Site

Kent Archives & Local Free Lunchtime talks - Summer/Autumn 2019

All talks are timed between 1pm and 2pm in the Archives Search Room of the Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, MAIDSTONE ME14 1LQ.
Call us on 03000 42 06 73 or email for more information or to register your interest.

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See also

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"

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"