Events under 'Reading branch'
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Meetings of the Reading branch

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Reading Branch - The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

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.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch - Photographs and Memorabilia by members and guests

Members and visitors, you are invited to bring along your favourite photograph or piece of memorabilia, with the story behind it, for an informal night of discussion. This is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening. There is a 10-minute slot for you to show your photograph or item, and explain why it is special for you.

Maybe you have a photograph or unidentified item, but no story behind it, just questions. Bring it along too, you never know, help may be at hand with tips and clues to guide your way. Please let us know if you plan on bringing something along.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Putting Berkshire on the Map by John Leighfield

John’s talk will give us a brief introduction to mapping from prehistoric times up to the earliest, primitive maps of Britain.  We’ll be taken from the first extant map of Britain with genuine cartographic content and the revolution in mapping in the 16th century (particularly Saxton and Speed), into the 18th century (driven by a prize given by the RSA), through the 19th century (the Ordnance Survey) and end with the transformation in mapping brought about by the technological revolution of the late 20th and the 21st centuries.

This talk is heavily illustrated with pictures of all the key maps that show Berkshire from 1574 onwards and will be accompanied by a display of a number of the key maps that have been discussed.

John Leighfield has been collecting maps (of Oxfordshire and adjoining counties and of Cornwall) since 1966 and regularly lectures on the topic.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Policing Reading in World War 1 by Tony Keep

This talk looks at the eight police forces that covered the Thames Valley Police area in WW1, a brief look at the working hours of a policeman at the start of WW1, and the impact of ‘Recall to the Realm’ on policemen who were on military reserve. For example Reading Borough Police lost nearly 20% of their manpower overnight when people on reserve were recalled. And lastly the additional duties that Defence of the Realm Act and Regulations placed on the police, using some statistics published by the Chief Constable of Reading in his annual reports.

Tony retired from Thames Valley Police as a Chief Inspector in 1995 after 32 years’ service. He initially started as a cadet. During his service he gained experience in general uniform duties, traffic (roads policing) and training. As a Chief Inspector at Reading he was involved in the planning and policing of Reading football matches, the Reading Festival and the Henley Royal Regatta. Following his retirement Tony became a volunteer in the force museum. In 2013 he researched The Great Train Robbery and in 2014 researched into 49 police officers who were killed whilst on military service in World War I (WWI).

Born and brought up just North of Reading, he classes Reading as his home town.

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Birth and Death: deciphering those certificates by Antony Marr

Why can the same birth be registered more than once and in different years? Why does a death registration involve three different certificates? This talk will look at the complex rules that govern the creation of these important documents, dispel a few myths, and help you understand how to decipher them to help in unlocking those complex research problems.

Antony is a professional genealogist and member of the Council of AGRA (Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives). After retiring from a 30 year police career, he also worked as a Deputy Registrar of birth, deaths and marriages, leading to a special interest in the records of civil registration.

If you have a certificate you would like help with, bring it along on the night.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Short talks and quiz

Join us for an informal evening of entertainment, personal stories and a quiz to test those brain cells.

Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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