Events under 'Centre talks'
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Centre talks calendar

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Date

'Grand Houses' 3rd Talk of series

The history of Prospect Park Mansion House and its occupants: with Katie Amos

A local landmark in 'Tilehurst', the Mansion House is associated with many of Reading's more important families such as the Childs, Kendricks and Liebenroods.  Katie Amos extensively researched its history for her book "The Mansion House: Its history and its Occupants" and shares its many stories and rich history in this talk.

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 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, 23rd May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Grand Houses' 4th Talk of series

Padworth House: with David Peacock

Padworth House is a grand 18th-century house close to Aldermaston, with elaborate decorative plasterwork by Robert Adam's plasterer.  It was created for Christopher and Catherine Griffith, and for several generations was home to the Darby Griffith family.  It is tucked away in part of the original "park", with its own lake, next to a Norman church.  Since the 1960s, it has been home to Padworth College.

David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day.  He has taught evening classes in local history for Oxford University, Newbury College and West Berkshire Museum.  He is the author of the 2011 edition of 'The Story of Newbury' and a book on the Roman cemetery at Newbury, and is the chairman of the Newbury Society.  He has written numerous articles on local history for newspapers and periodicals.

For attendees wishing to do some family research while visiting the Centre, 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 May and 8th June.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 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 facinating 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 (members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.

Book all five talks of the Shops and Businesses series for the special price of £20 (members £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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'Shops & Businesses' 2nd in Talk Series

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

More people starved in WW2 than were killed by bombs or bullets.  Britain suffered its most intensive blackade ever, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet than ever before.  This fascinating talk looks at the choices made by the warring nations, and at food at home in Britain and the British Army.

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 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Members £16).  Advanced 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 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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'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 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Members £16). Advanced 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 are 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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'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.  His life story was muddled by a contemporary of Shakespeare's, but he 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 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Members £16). Advanced 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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'Shops & Businesses' 5th in Talk Series

Reading's Manufacturing Industries: with David Cliffe

60 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, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Members £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Members £16).  Advanced 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.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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