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


New Season Lectures 2018/19


The New Season Lectures starts on 13th September 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall

Edward Towne speaking on "The Court of Charles I"

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

Dr. Rebekah Higgit

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

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

Sheila Boyd

"Marriages of convenience:- English Aristocrats - American Heiresses 1860 - 1900"

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


SANDWICH HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2018 - Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September

Event organised by The Sandwich Society

Once a year chance to explore historic buildings - properties in Sandwich that are usually not open to the public will be open during English Heritage Open Days during Heritage Open days weekend.

All properties are open at the kindness and discretion of their owners and guardians.

Opening times are restricted to the hours shown and may be subject to possible alterations

Click Here for the Sandwich Heritage Open Days web page on The Open Sandwich website

Sandwich Museum News - 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.

Past Talks and Events

Rooswijk 1740 Open Days - 11th August - 12th August 2018

The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740. The ship was outward bound for Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) with trade-goods.
Now a protected wreck site the ship's remains lie at a depth of some 20 metres.
They're owned by the Dutch Government and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport.
Come and view our Ramsgate conservation facilities and find out how conservationists are stabilising finds from the wreck.
Meet the project team and try a virtual dive on site.
Learn what the finds tell us about the wreck and what archaeologists think this might mean.
Just turn up and stay for however long you wish, all ages welcome.
A BSL guide is available both days for deaf persons.
Click here for location map and event flyer
#ROOSWIJK1740

Faversham Open House 2018 - July 7th; 14th and 21st

Open House was the first of its kind 49 years ago, later being used as a template for the National Heritage Open Days Scheme. Our prestigious event offers a unique insight into the town’s built environment. Faversham has over 500 listed buildings, some of which will be participating this year.

A record number of 44 properties, many of which are not normally open to the public, will be taking part on the 7th 14th and 21st July.
Handbooks at £9 each will be on sale in the Visitors Information Centre in Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8NS or from Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre, 11 Court Street Faversham, ME13 7AX from the 4th June, or can be ordered by phone on 01795 534542 or by post (£11 inc p&p).

For groups of 2 to 5 people, admission to properties will be £9 for the 1st member of the group (to include one handbook) and then £5 for any additional member of the group (Programme only, no handbook). Each handbook and programme allows entry to all properties on all 3 Saturdays.
Download a list of participating properties