Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Event Name

Date

Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion group.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

First topic for this evening is Newpapers.

Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm. Arrive 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm) or if after 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553 and we will come down and let you in.

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Third talk of five

The End of World War One and its aftermath: with Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper is a local historian, author and popular speaker.  The Great War didn't end on 11th November 1918.  What was signed was only an Armistice, and peace treaties had to wait until 1919.  Mike Cooper looks at how and why the War ended and at the immediate consequences for Europe and places as far afield as Samoa and Tanzania.

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 highly 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)
 

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 15th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tour of the London Road, Reading Cemetery War Graves: with Liz Tait

Former teacher Liz, began researching Reading's World War One casualties in 1996 when she discovered war graves in the old Reading Cemetery.  Find out why these graves are there and the stories of those commemorated in what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking tour.

BOOK: £5 (members £4).  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

Medals and Decorations of the 1st World War: with David Downs

 NOTE: Date changed from 22nd November

Known to many as Reading Football Club's historian, David is also passionate about medals and awards.  He will give a fascinating insight into the background of medals and awards, including many from his own collection, and share the stories behind them.  Attendees are very welcome to bring medals for David to talk about.

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 highly 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)

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 8th November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Workshop: Making the most of autosomal DNA - Tutor: Debbie Kennett

Debbie is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.  This workshop is a follow-up to previous introductory talks in April and October which provided an introduction to DNA testing.  It is aimed at individuals who have tested and have results from at least Ancestry.  The workshop will look at the interpretation of DNA results and how to get the most out of matches.  Participants are encouraged to bring along their own results and ask questions.

SORRY FULLY BOOKED:  £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
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Workshop: Military Records - Tutor: Trevor Maidment

This will cover the main services: Army, Navy, RAF, as well as some Merchant Navy.  The aim of the workshop is to demonstrate what military records were created, where they can be found online, what information can be found in them and their value to family historians.

BOOK: £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited and pre-booking is required.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Christmas Market

Chance to grab those Christmas bargains from the Society's family and local bookshop and other 'history' sellers.  Refreshments available.

FREE just drop in.

Free parking for attendees - for details please contact The Booking Administrator.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter group now next week

December's Natter group meeting is now on 11th December.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Final talk of five

Putting Berkshire on the Map: with John Leighfield CBE

If you like maps - this is one not to miss.  John will talk about the history of mapping with particular emphasis on Berkshire, beginning with Matthew Paris' map of Britain c.1250 and finishing with Google and modern mapping.  The opportunity to view a selection of maps afterwards.

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 highly 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)

The other talks in this series are on 11th October, 25th October, 8th November and 15th November.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Natter Group

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

The first topic for tonight is Travelling people — not only Romany gypsies, circus folk and showmen but also canal/river/water boatmen, fell mongers, navvies, ag labs and others.

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

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Natter Group will not meet

The Natter group will not meet in January 2019 as the first Tuesday is a bank holiday.

See you all on Tuesday 5th February 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

 FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - First talk of five.

The Early Years of Reading's Railways: with Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce is Chairman of Reading Transport Group.  Reading was linked to London by railway in 1840, and to Bristol the following year, bringing important economic growth to the town.  This talk focuses on the early years of the railway.

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/coffee and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16)

The other talks in this series are on 24th January, 7th February, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator  with any queries.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 1, Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Second talk of five.

Getting around in the 1960s: with Mike Hurst

An entertaining illustrated talk about how we were on the move in the 'Swinging' Sixties.  Covering cars (often second hand), motorbikes, scooters, buses, air travel, a railway system in apparently terminal decline, the first motorways, the rise of lorries and car ownership, inclusive tours abroad and the switch of ocean liners to cruising.  A decade of amazing change and already history!

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

Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability). Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

The other talks in this series are on 10th January, 7th February, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Workshop: Merchant Navy Records Tutor: Tony Wright

What was your seaman eating?  How much was he paid?  Who was he sending money home to?  Where did he live?  Where did he travel to?  These and many other questions will be answered in the workshop.  Attendees will discover what records are available and how and where to find them.  The workshop will also look at the Seaman's Certificate of Continuous Discharge, Crew Lists, Ship's Logs, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Ship's Movement cards, and some online resources for finding more information.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended. Members can use the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian to obtain the discount when booking online.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 2, Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event does not repeat

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