Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Event Name

Date

Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 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.

Group meets 6.45pm - 9.00pm.  Arrive 6.45pm while the library is open (it closes at 7pm).  After 7pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553.  We will come down and let you in.

FREE 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, June 4, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 5th Talk of series

The Duke of Wellington's Country House at Stratfield Saye: with Brigadier Michael Aris CBE DL and Richard Bennett DL

We are delighted to welcome two eminent speakers to close our series of talks on 'grand houses'.  Both are well qualified to talk about Stratfield Saye House, as both work there as tour guides.  Both have also been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire, Brigadier Aris in 2005 and Richard Bennet in 2018.

Stratfield Saye House and grounds consist of 5,000 acres and its history can be traced to before William the Conqueror.  The house owes much of its style to George Pitt who played a pivotal role in its development.  Prince Albert and Queen Victoria visited often and in January 1845 stayed for 3 days.  It is a House where the presence of the Great Duke is felt to this day.  Find out more at what is sure to be a fascinating talk.

For attendees wishing to do some research while visiting The Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advanced booking is 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).  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series on 11th and 25th April, 9th and 23rd May.

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop: Census Records of Scotland, Ireland and Overseas: Tutor: Tony Roberts

Ancestors in Scotland, Ireland or overseas? 

Discover how census data for Scotland, Ireland and North America can help you discover more about your family's history.  This workshop also briefly looks at censuses of some other English-speaking countries.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required.  Members can obtain the discount 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, June 15, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mid-Summer Book Sale: pre-loved and new books.

Come and find a bargain — family, local and social history books at prices to suit all purses.  Don't forget there is free parking near The Centre on Saturdays if you want to really stock up on your summer reading. 

Contact The Booking Administrator about the free parking arrangements.

FREE EVENT — just turn up

Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, July 2, 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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tour of Georgian Reading: with Joy Pibworth

Follow in the footsteps of 18th century visitors and see what the 18th century town had to offer.

FULLY BOOKED was £5 (Member £4)

Places were limited, pre-booking was required.

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

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

Tuesday, July 9, 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.

ContactThe 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 or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Member £16). Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

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

Other 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.

BOOK £5 (Member £4)

Places limited, pre-booking required.

Members can 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 or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Member £16). Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

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

The last talk in the 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
This event does not repeat

Natter Group

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE just turn up

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
This event does not repeat

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