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

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Basic Latin for Family Historians Course

£20.00
with Joan Dils 12th and 26th September 1.00-3.00 pm Berkshire Local History Association President and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. 2-part course covering the words and phrases in family history resources. 
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Jack of Newbury

£5.00
with Dr David Peacock Thursday 8th August 2.00–4.00 pm Jack of Newbury was producing cloth on an industrial scale in and around Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign. It brought him immense wealth and considerable status. 4th talk of 5 
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Queues, U-boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2

£5.00
with Mike Cooper Thursday 25th July 2.00–4.00 pm Britain suffered an intensive blockade, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet. This talk looks at the warring nations' choices, and at food for Britain and its Army. 2nd talk of five 
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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 Old Shops

£5.00
with Ann Smith Thursday 8th August 2–4 pm Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to Reading people. Do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers? This talk will look at shops and shopping from the 19th century to now. 3rd talk of 5 
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Reading’s Old Shops Walk

£5.00
with Ann Smith Wednesday 14th August 7.30-8.30 pm. Ann is the former local studies lead at Reading Central Library and the author of '100 Years of Shops in Reading'. The walk will take in the locations of some of the towns’ old businesses. 
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Reading’s Print Industry

£5.00
with Paul Joyce Saturday 13 July 12.00–2.30 pm Commencing in 1722, Reading became the second largest ‘printing town’ per head of population, in Great Britain. This is its fascinating and often overlooked story, richly illustrated. First talk of five 
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Shops & Businesses - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Ticket for all five talks in ‘Shops and Businesses’ series. 13th and 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, 5th September Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm (except Saturday 13th July 12.00–2:30 pm) 
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Reading’s Print Industry

£5.00
with Paul Joyce Saturday 13 July 12.00–2.30 pm Commencing in 1722, Reading became the second largest ‘printing town’ per head of population, in Great Britain. This is its fascinating and often overlooked story, richly illustrated. First talk of five

Reading’s Old Shops

£5.00
with Ann Smith Thursday 8th August 2–4 pm Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to Reading people. Do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers? This talk will look at shops and shopping from the 19th century to now. 3rd talk of 5


Jack of Newbury

£5.00
with Dr David Peacock Thursday 8th August 2.00–4.00 pm Jack of Newbury was producing cloth on an industrial scale in and around Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign. It brought him immense wealth and considerable status. 4th talk of 5

Basic Latin for Family Historians Course

£20.00
with Joan Dils 12th and 26th September 1.00-3.00 pm Berkshire Local History Association President and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. 2-part course covering the words and phrases in family history resources.


Shops & Businesses - series of 5 talks

£20.00
Ticket for all five talks in ‘Shops and Businesses’ series. 13th and 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, 5th September Thursday 2.00–4.00 pm (except Saturday 13th July 12.00–2:30 pm)

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


Queues, U-boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2

£5.00
with Mike Cooper Thursday 25th July 2.00–4.00 pm Britain suffered an intensive blockade, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet. This talk looks at the warring nations' choices, and at food for Britain and its Army. 2nd talk of five




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