Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Date

Basic Latin for Family Historians Course: with Joan Dils

Joan Dils is President of the Berkshire Local History Association and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. This two-part course will cover the words and phrases commonly found in the most frequently consulted family history documents and resources. An unmissable opportunity for a rare to find course.

Fully Booked: (was BOOK £20, Member £16 for both sessions and tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking essential).

Member savings using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Second session: Thursday, 26th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Merchant Navy Records with Tony Wright.

FREE just turn up

Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Basic Latin for Family Historians Course: with Joan Dils

Second session of a two-part course. First session: Thursday, 12th September.

Joan Dils is President of the Berkshire Local History Association and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. This two-part course will cover the words and phrases commonly found in the most frequently consulted family history documents and resources. An unmissable opportunity for a rare to find course.

Fully booked: (was BOOK £20, Member £16, for two sessions and tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking essential)

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

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Workshop: Parish Registers Tutor: Catherine Sampson

Increase your chances of success when using one of the core resources for family historians. Learn what registers can provide, where to find them, how Church of England and nonconformist registers differ, and how to interpret them.  Also, indexes and transcripts, their benefits and pitfalls.

BOOK £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Members can obtain the saving 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, September 28, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE, just turn up.

Contact Gillian Stevens with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Foundling Hospital: with Simon Burbidge

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1739, The Foundling Hospital of London sought to prevent the “frequent murders of poor miserable children at their birth, and to suppress the inhuman custom of exposing new-born infants to perish in the streets.” It continued to receive young children until the 1950s, when British law changed the focus in care for foundlings from children’s homes to foster care and adoption. Discover the story of the hospital and the young foundlings it cared for in this fascinating talk.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (if places remain). Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, October 4, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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DNA Interest Group

Facilitated, special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most from their DNA test results.  Initial sessions benefit from the expertise of international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett.  Meets quarterly.  

Just turn up. Pay on the door £3 includes tea/coffee and cake.

All welcome.

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

Saturday, October 5, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: with Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens

First in a series of four workshops for those new to family history research. Includes where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to use core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills.  Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

TICKETS £30 (Members £24) for series, includes tea/coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Further workshops in the series on 16th October, and 13th and 27th November.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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'Institutions' 1st Talk in Series

Reading Abbey

with John Painter

Discover the impact of Reading Abbey on the town of Reading, both in its heyday as a Royal Abbey and as one of the 10 leading monasteries in the country. Hear about the impact of the dissolution under King Henry VIII, the abbey's later use as a royal palace, its destruction in the Civil War, and the subseqent redevelopment of the Abbey Quarter and preservation of the Abbey Ruins up to the present day.

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 in the 'Institutions' series for £20, Members £16, for a useful saving)

Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (if places remain). Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in the series on 24th October, 9th and 21st November and 5th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: with Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens

Second in a series of four workshops for those new to family history research. Includes where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to use core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills.  Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

TICKETS £30 (Members £24) for series, includes tea/coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other workshops in this series on 9th October, and 13th and 27th November.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Workshop: Writing Up Your Family History Tutor: Dr Barry Jerome

Have you been researching your family tree and would like to write it up as a story but don't know how to start? In the workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research.

TICKETS £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can obtain the saving 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, October 19, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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'Institutions' 2nd Talk in Series

The History of Reading Goal: with Mark Stevens 

County Archivist, and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Mark Stevens explores the history of the prison from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde, some of the prison's executions and Reading's little-known role in the Easter Rising. 

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. (Book all five talks in the 'Institutions' series for £20, Members £16, for a useful saving)

Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (if places remain). Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in the series on 10th October, 9th and 21st November and 5th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries

 

Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tour of Reading University's London Road Campus: with Friends of Reading University

Explore the London Road campus and the early history of Reading University. Visit the pre-existing buildings (East Thorpe, Acacias and Green Bank), find out about the site's links with the Palmer and Sutton families, before looking at the growth and development of the University (Great Hall, Library, War Memorial and gymnasium).  Walk includes a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life.

Fully booked: Tickets were £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, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Sunday, October 27, 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, November 5, 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.

Contact Gillian Stevens with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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'Institutions' 3rd Talk in Series

Murder at Reading Gaol

with Angela Buckley

In the second of our talks forcusing on Reading Gaol, crime writer, and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Angela Buckley will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Goal.

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). Advance 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 on 10th and 24th October, 21st November and 5th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Military Records with Trevor Maidment.

FREE just turn up

Monday, November 11, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: with Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens

Third in the series of four workshops 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.  Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

TICKETS £30 (Members £24) for series, includes tea/coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount by using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other workshops in the series on 9th and 16th October and 27th November.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Workshop: Suffragettes Tutor: Dr Margaret Simons

Interested in the subject of votes for women or have a family connnection to the suffragette movement? Discover the wealth of information available from: The National Archives, newspapers, oral histories, diaries, personal papers, photographs and film footage. All add to our understanding of the activities of a cause that attracted supporters and detractors from both sexes.

TICKETS £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee. 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, November 16, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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