…is a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything it does. We look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.
We look after coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages, historic houses, gardens, mills and pubs. We restore them, protect them and open them up to everyone.
Founded in 1957, Sherborne Historical Society is a group of people who are interested in history, both local and worldwide. From September to March it provides fortnightly talks from distinguished speakers to audiences of 200-300 members and their guests. Meetings, held at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, start at 8pm, preceded by tea or coffee. In the summer months there is also a programme of visits to places of historical interest in Southern England.
Winter Talks | Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne
Tuesday 7 November 2017
What are the historical roots of today’s toxic sectarianism in the Middle East?
The story of the ancient Sunni-Shi’i divide, and why it became important again after the Iranian revolution and then turbo-charged after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Dr Patricia Spencer
Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: ancient tombs and recent discoveries
This talk will look at the development and history of the burial place of some of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs.
Tuesday 12 December 2017
The history of the English love affair with Bordeaux wine.
Thursday 11 January 2018
Dr Ken Lawson
King Canute (Cnut)
Denmark, England and the Conquest of 1016.
Thursday 25 January 2018
Professor David Lannen
The unification of Italy 1871
A new look at the Unification of Italy and its inherent problems.
Thursday 8 February 2018
The Dorset Regiment
The history of the Dorset Regiment from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, including the significance of the First World War.
Thursday 22 February 2018
Dr Tim Mason
The Plague 2000BC to 2000AD
Plague: The very word is inclined to strike fear into the heart but what is it, where did it come from and is it still about?
Thursday 8 March 2018
A journey through the history of Saxony from the 5th Century to the present.
Thursday 22 March 2018
Wilton House: the Russian Connection
The Russian Connection: Sometimes a drop of foreign blood has been shown to make a difference!