Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Date

'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - First talk of five

Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders: with Angela Buckley

On 30th March 1896, a bargeman recovered a parcel from the River Thames at Caversham.  Inside the brown paper package was the body of a baby girl - she had been strangled with tape.  When two more tiny bodies were found in a carpet bag, the police knew they had a serial killer at large.  Author and prominent genealogist, Angela Buckley, recounts the frantic race to stop one of Britain's most prolific serial killers.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake, or book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16).

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The following four talks are on 26th July, 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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I've got my DNA results now what do I do?

Leader: Debbie Kennett - an internationally recognised expert, speaker and writer on genetic genealogy.

This workshop is a follow-up to the April 14th meeting which provided an introduction to DNA testing. We will look at the interpretation of your DNA test results and how you can get the most out of your matches. Participants are encouraged to bring along their results and ask questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is already fully booked. Contact the Booking Administrator (see below) if you would like your name to be added to a waiting list, in case of any cancellations.

The society is looking at ways to run a further workshop or workshops — this may be best done by looking at different types of test, or by considering the outputs of particular test providers. Check back here soon, for details will be published once the event(s) is/are finalised.

This workshop is to look at your DNA test results so please be sure to have your results before the workshop. A computer will be required and a limited number of computers and laptops will be available if you don't have a laptop.

Tickets: £10 non-members or £9 members. Booking in advance is essential.

Free parking available for attendees - contact events for details.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries, or if you would like your name to be added to a waiting list in case of any cancellations, or if you would like to receive details of similar events taking place in future.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Second talk of five

Literary and artistic footprints of the Thames: with Nick Brazil

 

Film maker, Nick Brazil, explores the many connections between the worlds of literature and art and the large houses and villages along the Thames.  Amongst others: Kenneth Grahame, D.H. Lawrence, Alexander Pope, Cecil Aldin and Eric Kennington.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The preceding talk in this series is on 12th July and the following talks are on 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith

FREE just drop in

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Civil War walk around the Katesgrove area of Reading with Evelyn Williams and Steve Haywood

Katesgrove-resident, Evelyn Williams' research interests include: allotments; industrial history and everything to do with Katesgrove.  Her MBA dissertation explored the brewing industries of Reading.  She is the author of several local history articles, and a founder member of the Whitley Pump, an online local news website for Katesgrove.  Steve Haywood has been a research volunteer for Reading Museum since retirement, undertaking various projects for the Reading Abbey Revealed project including research on the siege of Reading and its impact on the town's inhabitants.

This walk will be possible for those with a mobility scooter or powered wheelchairs, but will be difficult for those in non-powered wheelchairs.  It will be an up-and downhill walk, of about two miles, exploring places in the Whitley and Katesgrove areas of Reading, that played a part in the Civil War.  The walk will start and finish near St. Giles' Church.

TICKETS:  £5 non-members or £4 members

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Third talk of five

The Thames from Oxford to Windsor: Shaping history through the centuries: with Peter Halman

 

Find out how The Thames has influenced historical events and the lives of the local population - from food to employment, as a highway for goods, people and ideas, and more recently as a highly valued social and environmental resource.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The previous two talks are on 12th July and 26th July.  The following two talks are on 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

Early Closing Day: The Day Reading was bombed: with Mike Cooper

 

2018 marked the 75th anniversary of the only fatal air raid on Reading during the Second World War, in which 41 people lost their lives. Twenty-nine of those people lost their lives in the bombing of the popular British Restaurant in Friar Street - The People's Pantry.  Well-known local historian and author, Mike Cooper, shares his extensive research into this important day for Reading people.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Previous talks in this series are on 12th July, 26th July and 9th August. The last talk in the series is on 6th September.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Arrive 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm.

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available for attendees - e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fifth talk of five

The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: a cross-border tale of Berkshire and Oxfordshire skulduggery: with Mark Davies

 

In 1787, an elderly man was robbed and murdered after leaving Abingdon’s Michaelmas Fair.  Primitive police resources and the reluctance of local residents to ‘get involved’ left the case unsolved for four years.  The evidence which eventually emerged exposed a wide-ranging, criminal network cemented by marriage alliances and supported by some of Abingdon’s leading men.

Mark Davies is a local historian, walks and river-cruises guide, speaker, writer and author of The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: A True-life Tale of Crime and Punishment.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake. Book all five talks in the series for £20 (members £16)

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The last talk in the series.  Previous talks on 12th July, 26th July, 9th August and 23rd August.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Heritage Open Days

Help with your family research, children's family history activities, books to browse and tea and cake - what could be nicer!

FREE, just drop in.

Friday, September 7, 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Heritage Open Days

Help with your family research, children's family history activities, books to browse and tea and cake - what could be nicer!

FREE, just drop in.

Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Heritage Open Days

Help with your family research, children's family history activities, books to browse and tea and cake - what could be nicer!

FREE, just drop in.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Heritage Open Days

Help with your family research, children's family history activities, books to browse and tea and cake - what could be nicer!

FREE, just drop in.

Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Military records with Trevor Maidment.

FREE just drop in

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop - Parish Registers Tutor: Catherine Sampson

Increase your chances of success with family historians' core resource.  Better understand what registers can provide for you, how they change over time, where to find them, how Church of England and non-conformist registers differ, and how to interpret them.  Also, indexes and transcripts, their benefits and pitfalls.

Free parking is availble for attendees - contact events for details.

BOOK £10 (members £9) includes tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking required

Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.  There is a small charge for refreshments.

Arrive at 6.45pm whilst the library is open (library closes at 7pm).  Group meeting 6.45pm - 9.00pm. 

FREE Booking not needed, just turn up.

Free parking is available, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'The Armistice' - Talk series - First talk of five

Tracks to the Trenches: with Mike Hurst

 

An affecting account of railway activities in England and in France during the Great War.  This will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.  Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men - and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (members £16).

The other four talks in this series are on 25th October, 8th November, 22nd November and 6th December.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: Session 1 - Tutor: Margaret Crook

A series of four wookshops designed for those new to researching family history.  Where to start, how to progress your research and good research practice are all explained.

The course explores different genealogy websites and looks at the content they offer and which are better for particular kinds of records.  It covers civil registration, parish registers, wills, censuses, plus emigration and some overseas records.  It briefly examines benefits and limitations of some of the family history programs available to record your research.

For attendees wishing to do some family research whilst visiting the Centre, the research zone computers will be open until 2pm.

BOOK: £30 for four weekly sessions - 12th October, 19th October, 26th October and 2nd November.  (Members £24) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, October 12, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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