Events under 'Centre talks'
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Centre talks calendar

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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.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) included tea/coffee and cake.  Advance booking was necessary for this as some were turned away at the door.  Members could obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are or were 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.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) included tea/coffee and cake.  Advanced booking was highly recommended though you could pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members could obtain a discount using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are or were 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.

BOOK 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 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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Heroes of Woodley Airfield: with Joy Pibworth

Repeated due to popular demand (talk first given on 7th February 2019).

A whole host of important individuals in the history of aviation have associations with Woodley Airfield and many are reflected in the names of the local roads and streets.  Some such as the Miles family, Sir Douglas Bader, Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh are household names, others less so.  Joy's talk will bring to life the stories behind the names.

BOOK 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.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 1st Talk of series

The history of Coley Park House and estate: with Katie Amos and Mike Cooper

In its various iterations, Coley Park House in Reading has a rich and varied history.  The Tudor manor house of the staunchly Catholic Vachell family was replaced by a Georgian house, set in landscaped parkland. Altered again in the 1840s, it would be taken over by The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food after the Second World War.

Find out more at this fascinating talk. 

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advance booking is 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 2nd Talk of series

The Nabobs of Berkshire and their houses: with Clive Williams

Nabobs were employees of the East India Company during the 18th and 19th centuries, who made their fortunes in India and returned home to England as wealthy men.  So many made their homes in Berkshire in the 18th century, at estates such as Englefield House, Purley Hall and Basildon Park, that the county became known as 'the English Hindoostan'.  Find out more in this fascinating talk.

For those attending who wish to do some family research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 11th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 3rd Talk of series

The history of Prospect Park Mansion House and its occupants: with Katie Amos

A local landmark in 'Tilehurst'  The Mansion House is associated with many of Reading's more important families such as the Childs, Kendricks and Liebenroods.  Katie Amos extensively researched its history for her book "The Mansion House: Its history and its Occupants" and shares its many stories and rich history in this talk.

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 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

The other talks in this series are on 11th April, 25th April, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 4th Talk of series

Padworth House: with David Peacock

Padworth House is a grand 18th-century house close to Aldermaston, with elaborate decorative plasterwork by Robert Adam's plasterer.  It was created for Christopher and Catherine Griffith, and for several generations was home to the Darby Griffith family.  It is tucked away in part of the original "park", with its own lake, next to a Norman church.  Since the 1960s, it has been home to Padworth College.

David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day.  He has taught evening classes in local history for Oxford University, Newbury College and West Berkshire Museum.  He is the author of the 2011 edition of 'The Story of Newbury' and a book on the Roman cemetery at Newbury, and is the chairman of the Newbury Society.  He has written numerous articles on local history for newspapers and periodicals.

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 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

The other talks in this series are on 11th April, 25th April, 9th May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 5th Talk of series

The Duke of Wellington's Country House at Stratfield Saye: with Brigadier Michael Aris CBE DL and Richard Bennett DL

We are delighted to welcome two eminent speakers to close our series of talks on 'grand houses'.  Both are well qualified to talk about Stratfield Saye House, as both work there as tour guides.  Both have also been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, Brigadier Aris in 2005 and Richard Bennet in 2018.

Stratfield Saye House and grounds consist of 5,000 acres and its history can be traced to before William the Conqueror.  The house owes much of its style to George Pitt who played a pivotal role in its development.  Prince Albert and Queen Victoria visited often and in January 1845 stayed for 3 days.  It is a House where the presence of the Great Duke is felt to this day.  Find out more at what is sure to be a fascinating talk.

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 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

The other talks in this series are on 11th April, 25th April, 9th May and 23rd May.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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