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 2018/19

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

Football and the First World War
Friday 30th November 2018, 10am - 4pm
Sports Pavilion, University of Kent, CT2 7SR

Join us for a free event at the University of Kent on Friday 30th November exploring the history of football in the First World War and commemorating the centenary of the Armistice with a football match dedicated to peace.Sandwoich History Society Events

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, University of Kent staff will play a football match and officially twin a sports pitch with the Flanders Peace Field in Messines, Belgium.

The match will be followed by a lecture from leading historian of sport, Dr Iain Adams: Football and the British Army in the Great War: Myths and Reality and a Q&A session about Football and the First World War.

The event will feature an exhibition of illustrations from Tim Godden’s Football and the Great War collection: .
Representatives from the British Legion will lead a short ceremony at the start of the football match and Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield and the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox will unveil the Peace Field plaque.

For the full programme and to book a place visit:

We understand that some people may not be able to attend the whole event, and we are happy for people to attend whichever sessions may be of interest. Please indicate when booking which part of the event you plan to attend.

The event is hosted by Gateways to the First World War, the National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA) and Kent Sport, and the twinning of the football pitch is part of the NCFA’s international Peace Field project.

NCFA will also announce details of their sponsored cycle ride from the University of Kent to Ypres/Leper, Belgium, on Saturday 23rd March, which will raise money to enable Slum Soccer to send a team of children to the 2019 Global Peace Games.

For further information please contact Dr Zoë Denness at

Sandwich Museum - 2018

The autumn / winter exhibition ties in with the WW1 commemoration and uses the research from a team of Archives volunteers that tells the story of those that lost their lives from Sandwich and is part of a wider programme of events to mark the end of the war.

Past Talks and Past Events

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

Len Howell of English Heritage

"Operation Fortitude - the secret success of D Day"

Saturday 17th 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

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"