Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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Date

Beginners' Family History Course - 3rd Session - Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - FULLY BOOKED

A series of four sessions (starting on 5th April) for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills.

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

Fully booked: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions held on 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May.

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided). A refrigerator is available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, May 3, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Group meets 6.45pm - 9.00pm.  Arrive 6.45pm while the library is open (it closes at 7pm).  After 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553.  We will come down and let you in.

FREE just turn up.

Free parking available, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 3rd Talk of series

The history of Prospect Park Mansion House and its occupants: with Katie Amos

A local landmark in 'Tilehurst', the Mansion House is associated with many of Reading's more important families such as the Childs, Kendricks and Liebenroods.  Katie Amos extensively researched its history for her book "The Mansion House: Its history and its Occupants" and shares its many stories and rich history in this talk.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series on 11th and 25th April, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course - 4th Session - Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - FULLY BOOKED

A series of four sessions (started 5th April) for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills.

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the contact they offer and their strengths and limitations.

Fully booked: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions dates 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May.

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided). Refrigerator available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, May 10, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tour of Watlington House, Reading: with Michael Jones - FULLY BOOKED

Watlington House, one of Reading's oldest buildings, has a rich and fascinating history. Built in 1688 for Samuel Watlington, twice Mayor of Reading, its walled garden to the rear has been much restored in recent years, while the interior retains many original features.

Fully booked: £5 (Members £4).  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

Friday, May 17, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Workshop: Scrapbooking for Family Historians: with Angie Catt

Creating and preserving family history in bespoke scrapbooks has become increasingly popular over recent years.  Find out how you can create scrapbook pages based on images from your own family history in this practical and hands-on workshop.  Attendees should bring a copy (not original) of any image they would like to use.  Scrapbooking papers will be provided.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee and scrapbooking materials.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 4th Talk of series

Padworth House: with David Peacock

Padworth House is a grand 18th-century house close to Aldermaston, with elaborate decorative plasterwork by Robert Adam's plasterer.  It was created for Christopher and Catherine Griffith, and for several generations was home to the Darby Griffith family.  It is tucked away in part of the original "park", with its own lake, next to a Norman church.  Since the 1960s, it has been home to Padworth College.

David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day.  He has taught evening classes in local history for Oxford University, Newbury College and West Berkshire Museum.  He is the author of the 2011 edition of 'The Story of Newbury' and a book on the Roman cemetery at Newbury, and is the chairman of the Newbury Society.  He has written numerous articles on local history for newspapers and periodicals.

For attendees wishing to do some family research while visiting the Centre, Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series on 11th and 25th April, 9th May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Group meets 6.45pm - 9.00pm.  Arrive 6.45pm while the library is open (it closes at 7pm).  After 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553.  We will come down and let you in.

FREE just turn up.

Free parking is available, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 5th Talk of series

The Duke of Wellington's Country House at Stratfield Saye: with Brigadier Michael Aris CBE DL and Richard Bennett DL

We are delighted to welcome two eminent speakers to close our series of talks on 'grand houses'.  Both are well qualified to talk about Stratfield Saye House, as both work there as tour guides.  Both have also been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, Brigadier Aris in 2005 and Richard Bennet in 2018.

Stratfield Saye House and grounds consist of 5,000 acres and its history can be traced to before William the Conqueror.  The house owes much of its style to George Pitt who played a pivotal role in its development.  Prince Albert and Queen Victoria visited often and in January 1845 stayed for 3 days.  It is a House where the presence of the Great Duke is felt to this day.  Find out more at what is sure to be a fascinating talk.

For attendees wishing to do some research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series on 11th and 25th April, 9th and 23rd May.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop: Census Records of Scotland, Ireland and Overseas: Tutor: Tony Roberts

Ancestors in Scotland, Ireland or overseas? 

Discover how census data for Scotland, Ireland and North America can help you discover more about your family's history.  This workshop also briefly looks at censuses of some other English-speaking countries.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mid-Summer Book Sale: pre-loved and new books.

Come and find a bargain - family, local and social history books at prices to suit all purses.  Don't forget there is free parking near the Centre on Saturdays if you want to really stock up on your summer reading. 

Contact The Booking Administrator about the free parking arrangements.

FREE just turn up

Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tour of the Historic Buildings in the University of Reading: with the Friends of Reading University - FULLY BOOKED

The Friends of the University will take us on a trail of the historic and interesting buildings that can be found within the Whiteknights University campus.  Covering 1.3 square kilometres, the campus includes Whiteknights Lake, conservation meadows and woodlands as well as most of the university's departments.  The campus takes its name from the nickname of the 13th century knight, John De Erleigh IV or the 'White Knight', and was landscaped in the 18th century by the Marquis of Blandford.

23rd JUNE TOUR NOW SOLD OUT: £5 (Members £4).  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian

Similar tours are planned for Saturday, 20th July and Sunday, 27th October.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tour of Georgian Reading: with Joy Pibworth

Follow in the footsteps of 18th century visitors and see what the 18th century town had to offer.

BOOK £5

Members £4

Places limited, pre-booking required.

Members can enjoy the saving by quoting the coupon code published in their most recent Berkshire Family Historian when booking.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 1st Talk of series

Reading's Print Industry: Paul Joyce

Commencing in 1722, Reading became the second largest ‘printing town’ per head of population, in Great Britain.  This is its facinating and often overlooked story, richly illustrated.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.

Book all five talks of the Shops and Businesses series for the special price of £20 (members £16)  Advance booking is strongly advised. You can pay on the door if places remain available.  

Members can enjoy the saving by quoting the coupon code published in their most recent Berkshire Family Historian when booking.

More talks in this series on 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, and 5th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tour of Northern Whiteknights Park area of the University of Reading: with The Friends of Reading University

This walk takes in Foxhill House, the development of the University's halls of residence, the site of the Marquis of Blandford's New Gardens and also visits the sites of Park House, Erleigh Park (now demolished) and the ice house.  The trail will finish at Whiteknights Park House.

BOOK £5

Members £4

Places limited, pre-booking required.

Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

A similar tour is planned for Sunday, 27th October.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 2nd in Talk Series

Queues, U-boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2: with Mike Cooper

More people starved in WW2 than were killed by bombs or bullets.  Britain suffered its most intensive blackade ever, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet than ever before.  This fascinating talk looks at the choices made by the warring nations, and at food at home in Britain and the British Army.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Members £16).  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in the series are on 8th August, 22nd August and 5th September.

ContactThe Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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