Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Friday, August 23, 2019

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Tour of the Historic Buildings in the University of Reading: with the Friends of Reading University - FULLY BOOKED

The Friends of the University will take us on a trail of the historic and interesting buildings that can be found within the Whiteknights University campus.  Covering 1.3 square kilometres, the campus includes Whiteknights Lake, conservation meadows and woodlands as well as most of the university's departments.  The campus takes its name from the nickname of the 13th century knight, John De Erleigh IV or the 'White Knight', and was landscaped in the 18th century by the Marquis of Blandford.

23rd JUNE TOUR NOW SOLD OUT: £5 (Members £4).  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian

Similar tours are planned for Saturday, 20th July and Sunday, 27th October.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 1st Talk of series

Reading's Print Industry: Paul Joyce

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.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.

Book all five talks of the Shops and Businesses series for the special price of £20 (Member £16)  Advance booking is strongly advised. You can pay on the door if places remain available.  

Members can enjoy the saving by quoting the coupon code published in their most recent Berkshire Family Historian when booking.

More talks in this series on 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, and 5th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tour of Northern Whiteknights Park area of the University of Reading: with The Friends of Reading University

This walk takes in Foxhill House, the development of the University's halls of residence, the site of the Marquis of Blandford's New Gardens and also visits the sites of Park House, Erleigh Park (now demolished) and the ice house.  The trail will finish at Whiteknights Park House.

FULLY BOOKED - was £5 Member £4

Places were limited, pre-booking was required.

Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

A similar tour is planned for Sunday, 27th October.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 2nd in Talk Series

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

More people starved in the Second World War than were killed by bombs or bullets.  Britain suffered its most intensive blockade ever, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet than before.  This fascinating talk looks at the choices made by the warring nations, and at food at home in Britain, and in the British Army.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Member £16).  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in the series are on 8th August, 22nd August and 5th September.

Contact  The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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DNA and family history: Discussion group Facilitator: Debbie Kennett

This is a self-help, facilitated, special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results. It follows last year’s successful DNA talks and workshops and runs quarterly.  Initial sessions benefit from the expertise of international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett.

This is the group's second meeting.

TICKETS £3 includes tea/coffee and cake.  

Just turn up, and pay on the door.

Contact  The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free car parking availability.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 12:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 3rd in Talk Series

Reading's Old Shops: with Ann Smith

Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to people in Reading.  But do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers or Cook's Dairy and Farm Equipment?  This talk will look at shops from the 19th century to the present day, and how shopping has changed over the years.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.  Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

More talks in the series on 22nd August and 5th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Reading's Old Shops Walk: with Ann Smith

Ann is the former local studies lead at Readng Central Library and the author of 100 Years of Shops in Reading.  The walk will take in the locations of some of the town's old businesses.

Fully booked  (wad BOOK £5 Member £4)

Places limited, pre-booking was required.

Members could obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 4th in Talk Series

Jack of Newbury: with Dr David Peacock

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in and around Newbury during Henry VIII's reign. It brought him immense wealth and considerable status.  A contemporary of Shakespeare muddled his life story, but Jack was a historical figure of national importance.  Come and hear local historian Dr David Peacock, unravel the story of this colourful and important character.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

The last talk in this series is on 5th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 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 turn up

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE just turn up.

Contact Gillian Stevens with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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'Shops & Businesses' 5th in Talk Series

Reading's Manufacturing Industries: with David Cliffe

Sixty old Reading firms in 60 minutes - richly illustrated.  Discover some of the many different things produced in Reading over the years, including flour, silk, railway signals, barges and racing cars.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Basic Latin for Family Historians Course: with Joan Dils

Joan Dils is President of the Berkshire Local History Association and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. This two-part course will cover the words and phrases commonly found in the most frequently consulted family history documents and resources. An unmissable opportunity for a rare to find course.

Fully Booked: (was BOOK £20, Member £16 for both sessions and tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking essential).

Member savings using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Second session: Thursday, 26th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Merchant Navy Records with Tony Wright.

FREE just turn up

Monday, September 16, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Basic Latin for Family Historians Course: with Joan Dils

Second session of a two-part course. First session: Thursday, 12th September.

Joan Dils is President of the Berkshire Local History Association and a former tutor at Oxford and Reading Universities in English Local History. This two-part course will cover the words and phrases commonly found in the most frequently consulted family history documents and resources. An unmissable opportunity for a rare to find course.

Fully booked: (was BOOK £20, Member £16, for two sessions and tea or coffee. Places limited, pre-booking essential)

Members obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Workshop: Parish Registers Tutor: Catherine Sampson

Increase your chances of success when using one of the core resources for family historians. Learn what registers can provide, where to find them, how Church of England and nonconformist registers differ, and how to interpret them.  Also, indexes and transcripts, their benefits and pitfalls.

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

Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 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 turn up

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE, just turn up.

Contact Gillian Stevens with any queries, including details of free parking arrangements.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Foundling Hospital: with Simon Burbidge

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1739, The Foundling Hospital of London sought to prevent the “frequent murders of poor miserable children at their birth, and to suppress the inhuman custom of exposing new-born infants to perish in the streets.” It continued to receive young children until the 1950s, when British law changed the focus in care for foundlings from children’s homes to foster care and adoption. Discover the story of the hospital and the young foundlings it cared for in this fascinating talk.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (if places remain). Members can obtain the saving using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, October 4, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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