Centre talks

Welcome. This page introduces the regular afternoon talks, arranged and hosted by the society through the year at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading.

 Grand Houses website

Talks (most are on Thursday afternoons) are designed to inform and entertain you, whether you are a family historian, a local historian, or someone who just wants to know more on a topic which you had not really considered before.

The summer quarter's talk series is on old 'Shops and Businesses' of Berkshire.

Preceding series looked at 'Transport' and 'Grand Houses'.

In 2018, themes were ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, 'The English Civil War', 'Life on the River Thames', and 'The Armistice'.

The society works carefully to secure excellent speakers, all with a passion and flair for their chosen topics.

What better way to spend a couple of afternoon hours than to journey into history, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and to relax in the company of fellow historians and researchers? (There's even time to shop at The Oracle afterwards!)

Tickets are just £5 for each talk (£4 if you are a society member) which includes your tea or coffee, and cake.

The talks are proving very popular and booking in advance is strongly recommended, to be sure of your place. You can turn up and pay on the day, if you wish, but at that late stage there may be no more seats left!


Book all five talks in a series, in advance, and you pay only for four — a useful saving — whether or not you are a society member.

Enjoy all five afternoon talks in a series for £20 (£16 for a society member).

Always best to book if you can, and be sure of your place.

Talks: July-September (Opens as PDF in a new window)

Talks: January-March and Talks: April-June



The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.

Phone: 0118 950 9553


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift and disabled toilets. Disabled parking places are generally available directly in front of the library (maximum stay four hours).

Getting here

Download the 'How to find us' leaflet


Talks begin at 2.00 pm and the afternoon runs till round 4.00 pm.

Secure your places at your chosen events

Book your place online now


Page revised 22nd May 2019                                    

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