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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Centre talks calendar

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'The English Civil War' - Henry Marten - a talk by Dr Manfred Brod

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Manfred is a local historian specialising in the Thames Valley in the 16th and 17th centuries. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and is the author of two books and numerous papers. The period of the Civil War and its aftermath produced many towering political figures, but few as sympathetic as Berkshire’s Henry Marten. An extreme republican, he was an idealist who spent his family fortune in the service of his cause, and a consummate parliamentarian with a gift for repartee. He had political opponents, but never made a personal enemy; friend and foe alike could count on him for help when they were in trouble. His influence ended with Cromwell’s coup in 1653, and at the Restoration it was the favours he was owed by Royalists that spared him from execution as a regicide.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact the The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The remaining talks in this quarter are on 23rd May and 6th June.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - The Place Names of Berkshire - a talk by Dr David Peacock

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

In a break from this quarter’s theme of the Civil War, we are delighted to welcome local historian and author, Dr David Peacock, to talk about the fascinating subject of place names. David is a former teacher of politics and history at Padworth College, and also gives evening classes on local history at Newbury College and Reading University. He is Chairman of the Newbury Society. What's in a name? Rather more than might at first be apparent if you start to look into the meaning of local place names. David will explain the origins of many of Berkshire’s names and explain the ways in which to identify where place names originate from, drawing on examples from across the county.

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The preceding talk in this series is on 9th May, and the fifth an final talk is on Wednesday, 6th June.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'The English Civil War' - 1645-1660: Civil War to Commonwealth - a talk by John Brearley

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'. This is the fifth and final talk in the series.

Formerly a teacher, John Brearley is a popular and charismatic speaker on local history topics across Berkshire.  Accompanied by slides and music, John will talk about the Civil War and the Commonwealth period through to the restoration of the monarchy.  During these years, the first Council of War was held in Reading, and Charles I was briefly held in captivity in Caversham, before his eventual execution.  Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating and entertaining talk. 

Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This includes tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The third and fourth talks in this series are on 9th May and 23rd May.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Second talk of five

Literary and artistic footprints of the Thames: with Nick Brazil

Film maker, Nick Brazil, explores the many connections between the worlds of literature and art and the large houses and villages along the Thames.  Amongst others: Kenneth Grahame, D.H. Lawrence, Alexander Pope, Cecil Aldin and Eric Kennington.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The preceding talk in this series is on 12th July and the following talks are on 9th August, 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Third talk of five

The Thames from Oxford to Windsor: Shaping history through the centuries: with Peter Halman

Find out how The Thames has influenced historical events and the lives of the local population - from food to employment, as a highway for goods, people and ideas, and more recently as a highly valued social and environmental resource.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The previous two talks are on 12th July and 26th July.  The following two talks are on 23rd August and 6th September.

Thursday, August 9, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fourth talk of five

Early Closing Day: The Day Reading was bombed: with Mike Cooper

2018 marked the 75th anniversary of the only fatal air raid on Reading during the Second World War, in which 41 people lost their lives. Twenty-nine of those people lost their lives in the bombing of the popular British Restaurant in Friar Street - The People's Pantry.  Well-known local historian and author, Mike Cooper, shares his extensive research into this important day for Reading people.

TICKETS: £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Previous talks in this series are on 12th July, 26th July and 9th August. The last talk in the series is on 6th September.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'Life on the River Thames' - Talk series - Fifth talk of five

The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: a cross-border tale of Berkshire and Oxfordshire skulduggery: with Mark Davies

In 1787, an elderly man was robbed and murdered after leaving Abingdon’s Michaelmas Fair.  Primitive police resources and the reluctance of local residents to ‘get involved’ left the case unsolved for four years.  The evidence which eventually emerged exposed a wide-ranging, criminal network cemented by marriage alliances and supported by some of Abingdon’s leading men.

Mark Davies is a local historian, walks and river-cruises guide, speaker, writer and author of The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder: A True-life Tale of Crime and Punishment.

TICKETS:  £5 (members £4) includes tea and cake.

Advanced booking is highly recommended, but you can pay at the door (subject to availability).

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The last talk in the series.  Previous talks on 12th July, 26th July, 9th August and 23rd August.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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