Events under 'The Centre for Heritage and Family History'
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Event Name

Date

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 looked at the structure of documents from the 17th-19th centuries, which are of most use to family historians, and taught 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).  Included tea or coffee.  Places were limited, pre-booking was required. Members could 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.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (Members £4) included tea/coffee and cake.  Advance booking was necessary for this as some were turned away at the door.  Members could obtain a discount using the coupon code in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in this series are or were 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 considered the background to the census and looks at some of its early forms in England and Wales.  Attendees explored 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.

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

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 looked 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 was the last session of three.

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

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.

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

Other talks in this series are or were 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
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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 6.45pm - 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 booking not needed, just turn up.

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

Arrive 6.45pm for 7.00 - 9.00pm.

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.

BOOK 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 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 YOUR PLACE £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.

Please contact the Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send details of meeting place once booked.

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.

BOOK YOUR PLACE: £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. A refrigerator is available.

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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Drop In Session at the Centre

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up.

Tuesday, April 2, 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 6.45pm - 9.00pm.  Arrive 6.45pm whilst 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, April 2, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Heroes of Woodley Airfield: with Joy Pibworth

Repeated due to popular demand (talk first given on 7th February 2019).

A whole host of important individuals in the history of aviation have associations with Woodley Airfield and many are reflected in the names of the local roads and streets.  Some such as the Miles family, Sir Douglas Bader, Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh are household names, others less so.  Joy's talk will bring to life the stories behind the names.

BOOK 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.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course: 1st Session - Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens (Friday, 5th April 2019 11.00am - 2.00pm)

A series of four sessions for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills. 

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

BOOK YOUR PLACE: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions are held on 5th and 12th April, 3rd and 10th May.  

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, April 5, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 1st Talk of series

The history of Coley Park House and estate: with Katie Amos and Mike Cooper

In its various iterations, Coley Park House in Reading has a rich and varied history.  The Tudor manor house of the staunchly Catholic Vachell family was replaced by a Georgian house, set in landscaped parkland. Altered again in the 1840s, it would be taken over by The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food after the Second World War.

Find out more at this fascinating talk. 

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.

BOOK TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.  Advance 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 are on 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Beginners' Family History Course - 2nd Session: Tutors: Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens

A series of four sessions (starting on 5th April) for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice.  Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern Wills.

Followed by an introduction to other records of interest to participants.  Discover different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations.

BOOK YOUR PLACE: £30 for four sessions (Members £24).  Places limited, pre-booking essential.  Members can obtain the discount using the coupon code published in their current Berkshire Family Historian.  Sessions are held on 5th and 12th April and 3rd and 10th May.

Includes tea or coffee.

Includes short break for lunch (not provided). A refrigerator is available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Friday, April 12, 2019 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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DNA Interest Group

NEW - self-help, facilitated, special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results.  This follows on from last year's successful DNA talks and workshops and will run quarterly. 

Initial sessions will benefit from the expertise of international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett.

Not bookable in advance. Tea/coffee and cake included.

Just turn up, ticket is £3, pay on the door.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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