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Talks, Walks and Courses at The Centre for Heritage and Family History

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Beginners’ Family History Course

£30.00
A series of four workshops designed for those new to researching family history. Where to start, how to progress your research and good research practice are all explained. Course sessions to be held on: 9th and 16th October and 13th and 27th November 
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Institutions - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Multi-purchase ticket for all five talks in the ‘Institutions’ of Berkshire talk series. Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm 10th October, 24th October, 9th November (Saturday 12-2pm) and 21st November and 5th December. 
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Murder at Reading Gaol

£5.00
Angela Buckley will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol. 
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Reading Abbey

£5.00
with John Painter Discover the impact of Reading Abbey on the town of Reading, both in its heyday as a royal Abbey and as one of the ten leading monasteries in the country. Hear about the dissolution and its later use as a royal palace, etc. 
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Reading’s Manufacturing Industries

£5.00
with David Cliffe Thursday 5th September 2.00–4.00 pm Sixty old Reading firms – richly illustrated. Discover some of the things produced in Reading over the years, including flour, silk, railway signals, barges and racing cars. Last talk of 5 
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Reading’s Nineteenth Century Schools

£5.00
with Joan Dils 2-4pm 5 December In the 19th century, churches and individuals were the main benefactors setting up local schools, until in 1871, when the local authority in Reading also began providing education through Reading School Board. 
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The Foundling Hospital

£5.00
with Simon Burbidge 2-4pm Friday 4th October From 1739, The Foundling Hospital sought to prevent the “frequent murders of poor miserable children at their birth, and to suppress the inhuman custom of exposing new-born infants to perish in the streets” 
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The History of Reading Gaol

£5.00
Mark Stevens explores the prison’s history from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde and more. 
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The History of Reading's Hospitals

£5.00
with Lionel Williams 2-4pm 21 November Discover the history of Reading Hospitals from 1837 to the present day. Mainly focuses on the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which opened on London Road, Reading in 1839, but also Battle & Prospect Park 
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The History of Reading's Hospitals

£5.00
with Lionel Williams 2-4pm 21 November Discover the history of Reading Hospitals from 1837 to the present day. Mainly focuses on the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which opened on London Road, Reading in 1839, but also Battle & Prospect Park

Institutions - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Multi-purchase ticket for all five talks in the ‘Institutions’ of Berkshire talk series. Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm 10th October, 24th October, 9th November (Saturday 12-2pm) and 21st November and 5th December.


Beginners’ Family History Course

£30.00
A series of four workshops designed for those new to researching family history. Where to start, how to progress your research and good research practice are all explained. Course sessions to be held on: 9th and 16th October and 13th and 27th November

Murder at Reading Gaol

£5.00
Angela Buckley will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol.


Reading’s Nineteenth Century Schools

£5.00
with Joan Dils 2-4pm 5 December In the 19th century, churches and individuals were the main benefactors setting up local schools, until in 1871, when the local authority in Reading also began providing education through Reading School Board.

Reading Abbey

£5.00
with John Painter Discover the impact of Reading Abbey on the town of Reading, both in its heyday as a royal Abbey and as one of the ten leading monasteries in the country. Hear about the dissolution and its later use as a royal palace, etc.


The Foundling Hospital

£5.00
with Simon Burbidge 2-4pm Friday 4th October From 1739, The Foundling Hospital sought to prevent the “frequent murders of poor miserable children at their birth, and to suppress the inhuman custom of exposing new-born infants to perish in the streets”

Reading’s Manufacturing Industries

£5.00
with David Cliffe Thursday 5th September 2.00–4.00 pm Sixty old Reading firms – richly illustrated. Discover some of the things produced in Reading over the years, including flour, silk, railway signals, barges and racing cars. Last talk of 5


The History of Reading Gaol

£5.00
Mark Stevens explores the prison’s history from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde and more.




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