Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Event Name

Date

Natter Group

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

The first topic for tonight is Travelling people — not only Romany gypsies, circus folk and showmen but also canal/river/water boatmen, fell mongers, navvies, ag labs and others.

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

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, December 11, 2018 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Natter Group will not meet

The Natter group will not meet in January 2019 as the first Tuesday is a bank holiday.

See you all on Tuesday 5th February 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 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.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - First talk of five.

The Early Years of Reading's Railways: with Paul Joyce

Paul Joyce is Chairman of Reading Transport Group.  Reading was linked to London by railway in 1840, and to Bristol the following year, bringing important economic growth to the town.  This talk focuses on the early years of the railway.

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/coffee and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

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

The other talks in this series are on 24th January, 7th February, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator  with any queries.

 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 1, Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Second talk of five.

Getting around in the 1960s: with Mike Hurst

An entertaining illustrated talk about how we were on the move in the 'Swinging' Sixties.  Covering cars (often second hand), motorbikes, scooters, buses, air travel, a railway system in apparently terminal decline, the first motorways, the rise of lorries and car ownership, inclusive tours abroad and the switch of ocean liners to cruising.  A decade of amazing change and already history!

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

Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability). Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

The other talks in this series are on 10th January, 7th February, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Workshop: Merchant Navy Records Tutor: Tony Wright

What was your seaman eating?  How much was he paid?  Who was he sending money home to?  Where did he live?  Where did he travel to?  These and many other questions will be answered in the workshop.  Attendees will discover what records are available and how and where to find them.  The workshop will also look at the Seaman's Certificate of Continuous Discharge, Crew Lists, Ship's Logs, Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Ship's Movement cards, and some online resources for finding more information.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended. Members can use the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian to obtain the discount when booking online.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 2, Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

 

Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, February 5, 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 6.45 - 9.00 pm. Arrive 6.45 pm while the library is open (it closes at 7 pm). After 7 pm use the rear entrance and ring 0118 950 9553. We will come down and let you in.

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, February 5, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Third talk of five.

Heroes of Woodley Airfield: with Joy Pibworth

A whole host of important individuals in the history of aviation have associations with Woodley Airfield - many such as Sir Douglas Bader, Amy Johnson, Geoffrey de Havilland and Charles Lindbergh, household names.  Others, such as ladies world speed record holder Lettice Curtis, less well-known.  Joy's talk will bring to life the stories behind the names.

TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.  Advance booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 10th January, 24th January, 21st February and 9th March.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Workshop: Census Records - England and Wales Tutor: Tony Roberts

Find out how to get the most from Census records for your family history research.  This workshop considers the background to the census and looks at some of its early forms in England and Wales.  Attendees will explore the development in the modern census from 1841 to date, including the 1939 Register too, and will have opportunities to examine samples of different censuses.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended.  Members can obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

For free parking arrangements, please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Understanding Old Handwriting Course: Session 3, Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading and President of the Berkshire Local History Association. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This course will look at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and teach attendees how to read the various handwriting styles used.

Attendees may bring a document with them to decipher.

Note: this is the last session of three.

BOOK: £30 for three fortnightly sessions: 19th January, 2nd February and 16th February (Members £24).  Includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, pre-booking required. Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Drop In Session: Military Records with Trevor Maidment

FREE just drop in.

Monday, February 18, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Fourth talk of five.

The Wilts and Berks Canal: with Paul Joyce.

The Wilts & Berks Canal opened in 1810 and links the Kennet and Avon Canal at Semington, near Melksham, to the River Thames at Abingdon. It was abandoned in 1914, hastened by the collapse of Stanley aqueduct in 1901, but in recent decades sections have been restored and re-watered.  Paul's talk will highlight the importance of this waterway and its mixed fortunes over the years.

TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.  Advanced booking is highly recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).  Members can obtain a discount using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are on 10th January, 24th January, 7th February and 9th March.

 Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down brick walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just drop in.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Natter Group

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

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

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, March 5, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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'Transport' Talk series - Final talk of five.

Smith's Coaches of Reading: with Paul Lacey

Smith's Coaches of Reading were an integral part of the local scene for six decades, as well as being seen all over the county on excursions, tours and seasonal coastal expresses.  This is the story of how the enterprise developed from a single charabanc to become the largest privately-owned coaching firm in Southern England.

TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cakeAdvanced booking is highly 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.

Earlier talks in this series are/were on 10th January, 24th January, 7th February and 21st February.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Guided Walk

Reading: with Terry Dixon

Terry has been running 'Reading Walkabouts' for almost three years with great feedback from those who have attended.  He offers a fact packed, but easy going walk exploring Reading's history.  This is a 2 mile walk around Reading which will look at 'Reading's strategic position, the importance of the coming of the railways and Reading's rapid growth'.

BOOK: £5 (Members £4)   Places limited, early booking highly recommended.  Members can use the coupon code from the current Berkshire Family Historian to get a discount.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Workshop: Where there's a Will there's a relative Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens

This workshop will look at Wills, pre and post 1858, plus other probate documents such as inventories, administrations and death duties.  Find out their benefits for family historians and where to locate them.

TICKETS: £10 (Members £9) includes tea or coffee.  Places limited, early booking recommended. Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.

Includes a lunch break, so please bring lunch with you.

For free parking arrangements please contact The Booking Administrator

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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