Events under 'Centre talks'
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Centre talks calendar

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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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'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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'Transport' Talk series - Third talk of five.

Heroes of Woodley Airfield: with Joy Pibworth

A whole host of important individuals in the history of aviation have associations with Woodley Airfield - many such as Sir Douglas Bader, Amy Johnson, Geoffrey de Havilland and Charles Lindbergh, household names.  Others, such as ladies world speed record holder Lettice Curtis, less well-known.  Joy's talk will bring to life the stories behind the names.

TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.  Advance booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 10th January, 24th January, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Fourth talk of five.

The Wilts and Berks Canal: with Paul Joyce.

The Wilts & Berks Canal opened in 1810 and links the Kennet and Avon Canal at Semington, near Melksham, to the River Thames at Abingdon. It was abandoned in 1914, hastened by the collapse of Stanley aqueduct in 1901, but in recent decades sections have been restored and re-watered.  Paul's talk will highlight the importance of this waterway and its mixed fortunes over the years.

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

Other talks in this series are on 10th January, 24th January, 7th February and 9th March.

 Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Final talk of five.

Smith's Coaches of Reading: with Paul Lacey

Smith's Coaches of Reading were an integral part of the local scene for six decades, as well as being seen all over the county on excursions, tours and seasonal coastal expresses.  This is the story of how the enterprise developed from a single charabanc to become the largest privately-owned coaching firm in Southern England.

TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cakeAdvanced booking is highly 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.

Earlier talks in this series are/were on 10th January, 24th January, 7th February and 21st February.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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