Sandwich History Society: Meetings; Notices; Lectures & Talks
Sandwich History Society holds events and talks throughout the year - Entrance fee to the Guildhall Lectures for non members is only £1 - Parking is available in The Guildhall Car Park see our Find Us webpage
New Season Lectures 2018
The New Season Lectures starts on 17th September at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
A Taster lecture - Edward Towne speaking on "The Court of Charles I"
11th October at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Dr. Rebekah Higgit
"Not by clockwork alone - the 18th century search for longitude"
15th November at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
"Marriages of convenience:- English Aristocrats - American Heiresses 1860 - 1900"
Events of Interest and Days Out
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
Past Talks and Events
Thursday 17th May at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Dr. Ann Kneif
The Bevin Boys of the Second World War
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Dr. Ben Marsh
Kent and the quest to make British Silk 1600 - 1800
Event - Elsewhere in Kent
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018
Roman Finds Group Canterbury Meeting at Kent University (Canterbury Campus)
Richborough and Beyond
Sandwich Refugee Week
Monday 19th to Saturday 24th March
Events & Exhibition in St.Peter's Church - Talks in The Guildhall - Film at the Empire Cinema - more in Sandwich Library and The Museum.
Thursday 15th March 2018 at 7:30pm in Sandwich Guildhall
Ms Lucyanne Curling
"Letters from my Sandwich ancestors: September 1819"
Thursday 8th March - at 7:30pm
Sandwich Guildhall Museum - Professor Louise Wilkinson lecture at Sandwich Guildhall
Sandwich and its Royal Connections Under King Henry III: The Wedding Train of Isabella the Empress
Tickets are free but as space is limited so those wanting to attend will need to register on a first come, first served basis.
Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7:30pm
The Battle of Waterloo
Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7:30pm
Annual General General Meeting
Followed by Nick Woodland on History all around us: Sandwich's Street Furniture.
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:30pm
Life in a Victorian Workhouse
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 7:30pm
Dr John Bulaitis:
Canterbury Christ Church University, revisits an often forgotten piece of rural history
The ‘Curious Rural Revolt’: The Tithe War in East Kent, 1930-1936
The national press dubbed it ‘the tithe war’. Farmers and their families confronted bailiffs trying to seize property and livestock, disrupted auctions, blockaded farms and organised raids to recover ‘distrained’ livestock.
Focusing particularly on the leading role played by the men and women of East Kent, including George Christopher Solley
Tour News - “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for mayoral colleagues from all over Kent.
Following a very successful event last year, on Wednesday 20th September Cllr Paul Graeme, the Mayor of Sandwich, hosted a repeat “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for mayoral colleagues from all over Kent.
Around 30 mayors, mayoresses, some of their drivers and town sergeants enjoyed a tour of the Guildhall with Sandwich Town Sergeant Kevin Cook, followed by guided tours of the town with members of Sandwich Local History Society.
A glass of champagne followed by a delicious tea and a raffle raised nearly £800 for the Mayor’s fund
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 7:30pm
Early Aviation in Kent
This will be a joint meeting with the Sandwich Library Guild - Bar drinks will be available from 7:00pm
Bank Holiday Saturday 26th August 2017 at 2:00pm
FREE - Tours of Sandwich by The Sandwich Local History Society
Part of The Sandwich Festival
Sandwich Local History Society gave free tours of the town from the Guildhall at 2 pm on Saturday 26th August. Tickets were obtainable from the Tourist Information Office (telephone 01304 613565) to book a place.
For Sandwich Festival Programme see www.open-sandwich.co.uk/events/sandwich_festival.htm