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"

Events of Interest and Days Out


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.

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 2018 in Sandwich Guildhall

Dr. Ann Kneif

The Bevin Boys of the Second World War

Thursday 19th April 2018 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 2018

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 in Sandwich Guildhall

Ms Lucyanne Curling

"Letters from my Sandwich ancestors: September 1819"

Thursday 8th March 2018- 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

Thursday 15th February 2018

Derek Murphy

The Battle of Waterloo

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Cllr Paul Graeme, the Mayor of Sandwich and Honorary President of SLHS, hosted a “Jewels of Sandwich” tour for mayoral colleagues from all over Kent by SLHS guides.
Mayors, mayoresses, some of their drivers and town sergeants enjoyed a tour of the Guildhall with Sandwich Town Sergeant Kevin Cook.