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February 2019
February 2019

Fri. 1 Feb, 2019

Sat. 2 Feb, 2019

Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 2, Tutor: Joan Dils (Sat. 2 Feb, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm)

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

 

Tue. 5 Feb, 2019

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 5 Feb, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Natter Group (Tue. 5 Feb, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm)

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Group meets 6.45 - 9.00 pm. Arrive 6.45 pm while the library is open (it closes at 7 pm). After 7 pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553. We will come down and let you in.

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Wed. 6 Feb, 2019

Family History Advice (Wed. 6 Feb, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Cippenham Library, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB.

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

Thu. 7 Feb, 2019

'Transport' Talk series - Third talk of five. (Thu. 7 Feb, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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) 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.

 

Fri. 8 Feb, 2019

Sat. 9 Feb, 2019

Workshop: Census Records - England and Wales Tutor: Tony Roberts (Sat. 9 Feb, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Find out how to get the most from Census records for your family history research.  This workshop considers the background to the census and looks at some of its early forms in England and Wales.  Attendees will explore the development in the modern census from 1841 to date, including the 1939 Register too, and will have opportunities to examine samples of different censuses.

BOOK TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended.  Members can obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

For free parking arrangements, please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Tue. 12 Feb, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 12 Feb, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Wed. 13 Feb, 2019

Newbury Branch - Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth (Wed. 13 Feb, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Newbury Branch meets at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Fri. 15 Feb, 2019

Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'Townlands - The story of Henley Workhouse' talk by Valerie Alasia (Fri. 15 Feb, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

The poor and deprived have always been with us.  How the Victorians dealt with the most needy in their society is the subject of Valerie Alasia's talk.

Following many years of research into the development of Union Workhouses, it would appear that the treatment of paupers locally was sometimes carried out in a surprisingly benign way, depending upon ......

Sat. 16 Feb, 2019

Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 3, Tutor: Joan Dils (Sat. 16 Feb, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm)

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

Note: this is the last session of three.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Mon. 18 Feb, 2019

Vale Branch - Yesterday's Runways (Mon. 18 Feb, 2019 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

The Thames Valley and adjacent county areas contain the sites of many former airfields which are now truly 'Yesterday's Runways'. This talk outlines the development of airfields across the area from the 1930's and their peak numbers in World War II to their post war decline.  The layout structures and the historical importance of these iconic locations are illustrated and described.

Speaker: Bill King

Wed. 20 Feb, 2019

Thu. 21 Feb, 2019

'Transport' Talk series - Fourth talk of five. (Thu. 21 Feb, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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) 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.

Fri. 22 Feb, 2019

Tue. 26 Feb, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 26 Feb, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and 'brickwalls' ..... and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.

Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB. (2pm - 5pm)

Thu. 28 Feb, 2019

Reading Branch - The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe (Thu. 28 Feb, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinemas, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

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