A society for those interested in history
- both local and worldwide

Dear All

I have pleasure in announcing that we are opening membership for our new season, which will run from the 24th September 2024 to 20th March 2025.  Lecture Coordinator Roger White  (himself an Architectural Historian), has organised a most interesting and varied programme, which is listed below.  As usual, the Talks will begin at 8pm on Tuesday evenings in the run up to Christmas and Thursday evenings in the New Year – with tea/coffee available from 7.15pm.


Tues  24th Sept Michael Hill - Mapping Dorset’s Historic Buildings
Tues.    8th Oct Air Chief Marshal Sir john Cheshire – What makes Putin tick and why he invaded Ukraine.                                                                                                                       
Tues.  22nd Oct Dr Rose Walker – The Santiago Camino and its Architecture
Tues.   5th Nov Dr Mark Byford – James1 and the Hampton Court Conference
Tues. 19th Nov Dr Russ Foster – Of Glorious Memory? - Commemorating Waterloo
Tues.  3rd Dec Professor Sam Smiles – Stonehenge: Antiquaries and Artists
Thurs  9th Jan Dr James Ross – Henry V1th and the War of the Roses
Thurs. 23rd Jan Matthew Saunders – Historic Almshouses  (Memorial lecture)
Thurs.  6th Feb Professor Julian Jackson – Hero or Traitor: The Trial of Marshal Petain
Thurs. 20th Feb Dr Tony McCulloch – Franklin Roosevelt, George V1th and the Royal Visit to the US in 1939  
Thurs.  6th Mar Rev. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch – Sex and Christianity: Getting the History Right.
Thurs. 20th Mar Dr John Goodall – Sherborne’s Castles

In addition, we are happy to confirm that the drinks reception for NEW Members will be held prior to the Talk on Tuesday 22nd October and the pre-Christmas Members’ Evening will follow the Talk on 3rd December.  Meanwhile, the AGM will be held immediately before the last Talk of the Season on the 20th March 2025.

Membership Subscription remains the same for the coming year - £20 Individual and £40 for Joint Membership.  To Join, or Renew, please go online to:- membership.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk and follow the prompts for registration and renewal by debit or credit card. 

If you do not have access to a computer and would prefer to pay by cheque through the post, please contact the Membership Secretary at Tall Trees, The Avenue, Sherborne DT9 3AH (Tel. 01935 813340).  Membership Cards will be delivered on receipt of subscriptions.

I look forward to welcoming you all in September.

Best wishes


Sheila Leaning

Chairman (July 2024)