Events under 'Reading branch'
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Meetings of the Reading branch

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Reading Branch - The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinemas, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch: Putting Berkshire on the Map by John Leighfield

John’s talk will give us a brief introduction to mapping from prehistoric times up to the earliest, primitive maps of Britain.  We’ll be taken from the first extant map of Britain with genuine cartographic content and the revolution in mapping in the 16th century (particularly Saxton and Speed), into the 18th century (driven by a prize given by the RSA), through the 19th century (the Ordnance Survey) and end with the transformation in mapping brought about by the technological revolution of the late 20th and the 21st centuries.

This talk is heavily illustrated with pictures of all the key maps that show Berkshire from 1574 onwards and will be accompanied by a display of a number of the key maps that have been discussed.

John Leighfield has been collecting maps (of Oxfordshire and adjoining counties and of Cornwall) since 1966 and regularly lectures on the topic.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch: Policing Reading in World War 1 by Tony Keep

This talk looks at eight police forces covering the Thames Valley area during the First World War, a policeman's working hours at that time,  and the impact of ‘Recall to the Realm’ on policemen on military reserve. Reading Borough Police lost nearly 20% of its manpower overnight when men were recalled. The Defence of the Realm Act and Regulations placed extra duties on the police, (illustrated with statistics from the Reading Chief Constable's annual reports).

Tony retired from Thames Valley Police as a Chief Inspector in 1995 after 32 years’ service, starting as a cadet and gaining experience in general uniform duties, traffic (roads policing) and training. As a Chief Inspector, he was involved in planning and policing of Reading football matches, Reading Festival and Henley Royal Regatta. After retiring, Tony was a volunteer in the force museum. He has researched The Great Train Robbery (2013) and lives of 49 police officers who lost their lives on active service in The First World War (2014).

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Birth and Death: deciphering those certificates by Antony Marr

Why can the same birth be registered more than once and in different years? Why does a death registration involve three different certificates? This talk looks at the complex rules that govern creation of these important documents, dispels a few myths, and helps you understand how to decipher them to aid unlocking those complex research problems.

Antony is a professional genealogist and member of the Council of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives). After retiring from a 30-year police career, he worked as a Deputy Registrar of birth, deaths and marriages, leading to a special interest in the records of civil registration.

If you have a certificate you would like help with, bring it along on the night.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Short talks and quiz

Join us for an informal evening of entertainment, personal stories and a quiz to test those brain cells.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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