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Monday, April 23, 2018

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'The English Civil War' - Southcote Manor-its history and its significance - a talk by Mike Cooper

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Mike has had a lifelong interest in history, especially military and local history. Following a history degree, he worked as a librarian, with both Reading University and Reading Library. In addition, he has written three books on the history of Reading and has also written and co-written booklets for Reading Libraries, including one on Southcote. Southcote Manor’s history can be traced back to at the 13th century, and its holders even further back. John Blagrave, the mathematician, occupied the manor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and it was his nephew, the M.P. Daniel Blagrave, who allowed the Earl of Essex to base his headquarters there during the siege of Reading in April 1643. Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating talk.

Tickets: were £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This included tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The other four talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 6th June.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Getting started with DNA testing

Leader:  Debbie Kennett. Debbie 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 will provide an introduction to the use of DNA testing as a tool for family history research. The Y-chromosome test widely used in surname projects and explores the direct male line. The mitochondrial DNA test follows the motherline. An autosomal DNA test can be used to find matches with genetic cousins on all your ancestral lines. The DNA databases are growing at a phenomenal rate and DNA testing now provides a new way of solving family mysteries and connecting with long lost cousins.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members. This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Free parking available for attendees – contact events for details.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - Living Through the English Civil War - a talk by Catherine Sampson

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Catherine developed her love of history in childhood and pursued it at University in Sheffield and later Oxford, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in English Local History. Her dissertation subject being the impact of the Civil War on the local people in and around Reading. A published local and family history author, she is the current Chairman of Berkshire Family History Society. The countryside in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War, and this talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived. How villagers were caught up in the skirmishes, perished as a result of disease, and attempted to stave off financial disaster. Amongst the masses, we can still identify the individual: the husband who hid his valuables, the Pest House occupant who feared the worst, and the fearless individual who published scurrilous pamphlets whilst hiding on the Thames.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 9th May, 23rd May and 6th June.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - Henry Marten - a talk by Dr Manfred Brod

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Manfred is a local historian specialising in the Thames Valley in the 16th and 17th centuries. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and is the author of two books and numerous papers. The period of the Civil War and its aftermath produced many towering political figures, but few as sympathetic as Berkshire’s Henry Marten. An extreme republican, he was an idealist who spent his family fortune in the service of his cause, and a consummate parliamentarian with a gift for repartee. He had political opponents, but never made a personal enemy; friend and foe alike could count on him for help when they were in trouble. His influence ended with Cromwell’s coup in 1653, and at the Restoration it was the favours he was owed by Royalists that spared him from execution as a regicide.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 23rd May and 6th June.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - The Place Names of Berkshire - a talk by Dr David Peacock

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

In a break from this quarter’s theme of the Civil War, we are delighted to welcome local historian and author, Dr David Peacock, to talk about the fascinating subject of place names. David is a former teacher of politics and history at Padworth College, and also gives evening classes on local history at Newbury College and Reading University. He is Chairman of the Newbury Society. What's in a name? Rather more than might at first be apparent if you start to look into the meaning of local place names. David will explain the origins of many of Berkshire’s names and explain the ways in which to identify where place names originate from, drawing on examples from across the county.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 9th May and 6th June.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - 1645-1660: Civil War to Commonwealth - a talk by John Brearley

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Formerly a teacher, John Brearley is a popular and charismatic speaker on Local History topics across Berkshire.  Accompanied by slides and music, John will talk about the Civil War and the Commonwealth period through to the restoration of the monarchy.  During these years, the first Council of War was held in Reading, and Charles I was briefly held in captivity in Caversham, before his eventual execution.  Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating and entertaining talk. 

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 9th May and 23rd May.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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