Sandwich History Society: Talks and Events

Sandwich History Society holds talks or lectures throughout the year.
More information about the lectures and outings please contact Mike Elms sandwichlocalhistorysociety@gmail.com


NEW SEASON - Lectures 2022/2223


8th September 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Air Marshall Christopher Nickols

"The History of State Intelligence"

13th October 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Paul Pattison

"The recent excavation of the Amphitheatre at Richborough Fort"

10th November 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr Charles Sell

"A History of Perfumery and its Science"

12th January 2023 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

AGM and Kevin Cook - Town Sergeant

"Role and anecdotes"

9th February 2023 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr Dinah Winch

"Huguenots in East Kent

9th March 2023 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Sarah Nathaniel

"Commonwealth War Graves Commission"

13th April 2023 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Roger Brookhouse

"The Cult of Pilgrimages and Relics"

18th May 2023 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Keith Parfitt

"The Carmelite Friary of Sandwich - revisited"

Events and Items of Interest and Days Out


Item of Interest - a short film from "Alternate Shadows" - Dickens OneFifty

A short film made by Alternate Shadows, a Rochester based amateur theatre company.
The film was made to celebrate that most famous of Rochester's sons, Charles Dickens.
It was made in the Rochester area, indeed, in locations that would have been well-known to the man himself.

It may reveal some lesser known aspects of Dickens' life and characters, and possibly generate some interest in local amateur dramatics.

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.

Past Talks and Past Events

12th May 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr Cressida Williams

"Unlocking the archives of Canterbury Cathedral"

14th April 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Colin Varrall

"Richborough, its extraordinary historic importance"

10th March 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Jon Iveson

"Dover Castle - even more secrets revealed"

10th February 2022 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr Emma Hanna

"The Sounds of War"

13th January 2022 at 7:00 for 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

AGM, and Nick Woodland

"The history of Stonar lake"

11th November 2021 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

The joint Annual Lecture of SLHS and Sandwich Guildhall Museum.

Professor Paul Bennett, lately Director of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

"Canterbury’s medieval, its buildings and people"

The speaker, Professor Paul Bennett will be talking about Canterbury's medieval Buttermarket, its buildings and people.

Many of these buildings survive, and as anyone who has been on one of Paul's walks will agree, he can tell of the lives, deaths, behaviour - legal or not - riotous activities and much besides.

14th October 2021 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Prof John Butler

"The Quest for Becket’s bones: St Thomas of Canterbury and the enduring appeal of holy relics".

9th September 2021 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr Andrew Richardson - Cant. Arch. Trust

"Metal Detectorists vs Archaeologists"