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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: 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May 
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Grand Houses - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Multi-purchase ticket for all five talks in the ‘Grand Houses’ of Berkshire talk series. Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm 11th April, 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June (the last talk Saturday 12-2pm) 
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Guided Walk - Reading

£5.00
Tuesday 12th March 10am-12:30pm. Terry Dixon has been running ‘Reading Walkabouts’ for almost three years with great feedback from those who have attended. This is a fact packed, easy 2 mile walk exploring Reading‘s history. 
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Padworth House

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 23 May. David Peacock talks about this grand 18th-century house near Aldermaston, with plasterwork by Robert Adam's plasterer. It was home for generations to the Darby Griffith family. 
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Smith’s Coaches of Reading

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 9 March. Smith’s Coaches of Reading were a part of the local scene for six decades on excursions, tours and coastal expresses. This is the story of how they developed into the largest privately-owned coach co. in S England. 
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The Duke of Wellington's Country House at Stratfield Saye

£5.00
12-2 pm Saturday 8 June. Two of the county's Deputy Lieutenants talk about Stratfield Saye House and grounds. George Pitt played a role in its developement and the presence of the Duke of Wellington is still felt. 
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The Heroes of Woodley Airfield

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 4 April. 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 are household names. 
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The History of Coley Park House and estate

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 11 April. Katie Amos and Mike Cooper explain the history of Tudor Manor House built by the staunchly Catholic Vachell family. Its Georgian replacement, once set in landscaped parkland, would be taken over by The Ministry of Agriculture, F 
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The history of Prospect Park Mansion House and its occupants

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 9 May. Katie Amos shares the many stories and rich history of this Tilehurst landmark, associated with families such as the Childs, Kendricks and Liebenroods. 
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The Nabobs of Berkshire and their Houses

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 25 April. Clive Williams talks about the houses of Nabobs who made their fortunes in India and returned to estates in 'the English Hindoostan' of Berkshire in the 18th and 19th Centuries. 
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The Wilts and Berks Canal

£5.00
2-4 pm Thursday 21 February. The Wilts & Berks Canal opened in 1810 and links the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham, to the Thames at Abingdon. Abandoned in 1914,Paul's talk will highlight its mixed fortunes. 
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Tour of the Historic Buildings in the University of Reading

£5.00
Sunday 23rd June 2.00-3:30pm. The Friends of the University will take us around the interesting buildings of the Whiteknights University campus. Taking its name from the 13th century knight, John De Erleigh IV, or the ‘White Knight' 
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Tour of Watlington House, Reading

£5.00
Friday 17 May 2.00-3.00 pm. Michael Jones will show you around Watlington House and its restored walled garden. Built in 1688 for Samuel Watlington, twice mayor of Reading. 
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Grand Houses - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Multi-purchase ticket for all five talks in the ‘Grand Houses’ of Berkshire talk series. Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm 11th April, 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June (the last talk Saturday 12-2pm)

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: 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May





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