Events under 'Reading branch'
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meetings of the Reading branch

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The Kennet and Avon Canal: The Water Road to Bath by Richard Poad

Richard Poad is Chairman of Maidenhead Heritage Centre and a retired airline pilot.  He has owned a narrowboat for almost 40 years and says that a speed of 4 miles a fortnight is a perfect way to combat the stresses of modern life. 

In 2010, he made a round trip to Bath from his home mooring on the Thames, a voyage that took 17 days in each direction.  In this fully illustrated talk, Richard invites his audience to travel the 100 miles from Reading to Bath with him. He discusses the origins of the Kennet and Avon Canal, notes the arguments over its route, looks at its designer's great engineering and architectural achievements, and admires the landscapes through which it passes. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
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A series of short talks followed by a quiz

Come and join us for our Christmas get together, this time at our new Centre for Heritage and Family History on the 2nd floor of Reading Central Library.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Ticket to Ride - the pleasures and perils of early Victorian rail travel by Chris and Judy Rouse

We take railway travel for granted today, but for our Victorian forbears the railways opened up undreamed of opportunities for not only the muddle classes but also the ordinary working man and his family to travel not only to work but also pleasure, creating a much more mobile society. However the new mode of transport also brought with it many dangers and perils. Using contemporary newspapers and illustrations we show you how the Victorians took advantage of the new railway system.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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1752 and all that by Mark Bowman

In 1752, Britain and its colonies replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar, and many people believed they had been robbed of 11 days of their life.

Other countries made this change at various dates between 1582 and 1927, so for nearly 350 years the exact date depended on which country you were in.

The move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar means that British baptism, marriage and burial dates before 1752 must be interpreted with some care.

Also, find out about: the only February 30th in history; why my friend George’s mother had to change the birthdate on her official papers; and (time permitting) the Leap Second and the Leap Smear.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Thinking Outside the Box by Lesley Coleman

This is a genealogical miscellany of different topics, (ways of breaking own brick walls, transcription errors), with the final part showing different ways of capturing personal research.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Branch AGM followed by The British Overseas: an introduction to finding ancestors who travelled abroad by Guy Grannum

Guy is taking the term British literally to include people from the UK and colonies and so most of the sources he will discuss relate to Britons in foreign countries rather than in colonies.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Jacksons of Reading by Thomas Macey

Tom is an ex-employee of Jacksons and author of  “Jacksons The Story of Reading's Oldest Family Owned Department Store”. He has amassed quite a collection of ephemera from Jacksons and is their unofficial archivist.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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My favourite family photograph

Members are invited to bring along their favourite family photograph with the story behind it for an informal night of discussion. We hope this is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Some Wallingford Crooks by Margaret Crook

Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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