SANHS Webinars

The Society began creating webinars when Covid made our live events impossible. It turned out to be a real success, and since then we’ve hosted a variety of brilliant talks from speakers far and wide. Click below to view them for free.

Some webinars are available just for members, including Sara Frost’s discussion of St Kilda, and SANHS’ Dunster series.
If you’re a member, view them here – and if not, join us!

The Wyndham Hall - Local Heritage List candidate

Chris Chanter and Lizzie Induni are in the Wyndham Hall to discuss the building's history, its community value across a hundred years, and the exciting future SANHS is creating here. The Hall has now been nominated for the Local List, giving it legal recognition and protection. Nominate your local heritage at
27 January 2022

Tony Harding - A View from the Roof

Tony, who has been working with the Early Dunster Project, takes a look at some of the carpentry techniques found in the historic buildings of Dunster, with the subtle variations and personal touches that carpenters seem to have applied to their work through the centuries.
27 January 2022

Bruce Induni - A Life in Ruins

Bruce Induni is a lecturer in the conservation of historic buildings but in the past has worked on the conservation of historic monuments. In this talk he will discuss the very specific challenges of repairing and conserving ruined buildings.
13 January 2022

David Victor - Lord Ashburton and his Somerset Estates

David Victor talks about Lord Ashburton and his very extensive estate interests in Wiveliscombe and Milverton and local villages.
13 November 2021

John Page - Locating the Burh in Axbridge

John Page reveals both the location of the burh and of its market-place, based primarily on documentary and topographic evidence.
16 October 2021

Martyn Barber - Somerset’s Bronze Age Metalwork

Martyn Barber (Historic England) gives his talk "Rash Speculators and Competent Authorities – Encounters past and present with Somerset’s Bronze Age metalwork". Part of SANHS' Bronze Age Day.
2 October 2021

Nigel Phillips - The Nature of Somerset's Coast

'Somerset's coast is a place of great diversity, in its landscapes, and in its wildlife. From lower shore rock pools, the birds on the beaches, to plant and insect life on cliff tops and dunes, it really is a place of wonder, and it’s on our doorstep!'
10 July 2021

Joe Thompson - Historic Carpentry: Timbers, Tools and Joints

Joe Thompson's very popular webinar on woodworking and timber-framed buildings.
8 May 2021

Steve Parker - Fascinating Fungi

Steve's webinar discussing the curious and diverse ways of Somerset's fungi.
13 December 2020

David Dawson - A Day Out in Dunster

David Dawson presents a webinar on the pottery kiln in Dunster's Old Park.
1 August 2020

Webinars are free, but SANHS really appreciates donations to help make more and pay for costs. Head to to contribute. Many thanks!