Events under 'Centre talks'
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Centre talks calendar

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Date

'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.

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 were on 12th July, 26th July, 9th August and 23rd August.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - First talk of five

Tracks to the Trenches: with Mike Hurst

An affecting account of railway activities in England and in France during the Great War.  This will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.  Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men - and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley.

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 four talks in this series are on 25th October, 8th November, 22nd November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Second talk of five

Hidden History of Reading's War Graves: with Liz Tait

This is the story of Reading's war graves and the men and women they honour, meticulously researched and brought to life by the founder of the Reading Remembrance Trust.  Stories include Private William Lewington, who was tragically killed during a training accident at Maidenhead and Agnes Maud Russell, who served as a nurse in Malta treating soldiers evacuated from the Dardanelles campaign.

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, 8th November, 22nd November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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DNA testing and family history: how DNA testing can advance your genealogical research: with Debbie Kennett

Debbie Kennett is an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.  DNA testing is now all the rage but what can you really learn from a DNA test?

This talk provides an introduction to the use of DNA testing as a tool for family history research, for those interested in DNA and how testing works, but, who haven't necessarily tested yet.

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

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

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 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, 22nd 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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'The Armistice' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

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

 

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 22, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 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 22nd November.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

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