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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - First talk of five

Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders: with Angela Buckley

On 30th March 1896, a bargeman recovered a parcel from the River Thames at Caversham.  Inside the brown paper package was the body of a baby girl - she had been strangled with tape.  When two more tiny bodies were found in a carpet bag, the police knew they had a serial killer at large.  Author and prominent genealogist, Angela Buckley, recounts the frantic race to stop one of Britain's most prolific serial killers.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake, or book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16).

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The following four talks are on 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Third talk of five

The Thames from Oxford to Windsor: Shaping history through the centuries: with Peter Halman

 

Find out how The Thames has influenced historical events and the lives of the local population - from food to employment, as a highway for goods, people and ideas, and more recently as a highly valued social and environmental resource.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The previous two talks are on 12th July and 26th July.  The following two talks are on 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

Early Closing Day: The Day Reading was bombed: with Mike Cooper

 

2018 marked the 75th anniversary of the only fatal air raid on Reading during the Second World War, in which 41 people lost their lives. Twenty-nine of those people lost their lives in the bombing of the popular British Restaurant in Friar Street - The People's Pantry.  Well-known local historian and author, Mike Cooper, shares his extensive research into this important day for Reading people.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Previous talks in this series are on 12th July, 26th July and 9th August. The last talk in the series is on 6th September.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fifth talk of five

The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: a cross-border tale of Berkshire and Oxfordshire skulduggery: with Mark Davies

 

In 1787, an elderly man was robbed and murdered after leaving Abingdon’s Michaelmas Fair.  Primitive police resources and the reluctance of local residents to ‘get involved’ left the case unsolved for four years.  The evidence which eventually emerged exposed a wide-ranging, criminal network cemented by marriage alliances and supported by some of Abingdon’s leading men.

Mark Davies is a local historian, walks and river-cruises guide, speaker, writer and author of The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: A True-life Tale of Crime and Punishment.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The last talk in the series.  Previous talks on 12th July, 26th July, 9th August and 23rd August.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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