…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 2018-19
Tuesday 25 September 2018
Lies, Spies and Surprises: Berlin in the Cold War | Major General Peter Williams CMG OBE
A look-back at what made Berlin such a mysterious and intriguing city during the Cold War
Tuesday 9 October 2018
Alberto Bioletti. Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of Wincanton | John Baxter
The incredible life of the Italian soldier who survived campaigns in Italy, Egypt, Haiti and Russia before settling in Wincanton.
Tuesday 23 October 2018
The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital, 1809-1812 | Michael Davidson
The Foundation of Taunton and Somerset Hospital (1809 – 1812), “A community effort, civic humanism in action”
Tuesday 20 November 2018
What was Medieval Chivalry really about? | Professor Nigel Saul
The lecture will explore some of the myths about medieval chivalry, arguing that its essence lay principally in the humane treatment of one another by the knightly class in battle.
Tuesday 4 December 2018
Sherborne: the last 160 years in photographs | Graham Bendell
A look at how the town has changed, or not, through images held in Sherborne Museum’s collection of photographs.
Thursday 10 January 2019
The Titanic: dispelling the myths | Tim Maltin
The history of the Titanic and the tragic events of 15th April 1912, dispelling a number of myths along the way.
Thursday 24 January 2019
Exeter Cathedral: The early years | Professor Sarah Hamilton
The early history of Exeter Cathedral up to the end of the twelfth century.
Thursday 7 February 2019
William Sleeman and the East India Company | Miranda Carter
Born in Stratton, Cornwall in 1779, Sleeman is known as the army officer and civil servant who suppressed the Thugs uprisings in India.
Thursday 21 February 2019
“The Bird in the Cage”: Sir Walter Raleigh and Henry, Prince of Wales | Professor Tim Wilks
An illustrated talk on the dangerous relationship between the condemned and imprisoned Elizabethan hero and the young Stuart heir.
Thursday 7 March 2019
The Impact of Famine & Plague in the 14th-Century West Country: Evidence from the Vale of Taunton Deane | Dr Christopher Thornton, FSA, FRHistS
The ‘Great Famine’ (c.1315) and the ‘Black Death’ (c.1348) contributed to a fundamental historical turning point: how can we measure the impact on population levels of these two disasters?
Thursday 21 March 2019
Claretta Petacci and Benito Mussolini: a Fascist love story | Professor Richard Bosworth
A review of what Mussolini’s ‘last lover’ and her extensive diary reveal of life, family, Catholicism and politics in the ‘Italian dictatorship’