Events under 'Centre talks'
Thursday, December 14, 2017

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'All the Fun of the Fair' - Street Organs - their history and a demonstration - a talk by John Hunt

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'All the Fun of the Fair'.

The first descriptions of street organs date to the late 18th century, although their design and use has evolved over the years.  Often, the barrel street organ was not just a solo performer, but used by a group of musicians as part of a story-telling street act, together with brightly coloured posters and sing-along sessions.  We are delighted to begin our new afternoon talk programme in the centre with a master of the art of organ grinding, John Hunt, who will not only talk about their history but also demonstrate several of his own barrel organs.

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 queries.

The other four talks in this quarter are on 31st January, 14th February, 28th February and 14th March.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'All the Fun of the Fair' - Edwardians on the Move - a talk by Mike Hurst

It is a delight to welcome Goring-based historian Mike Hurst to The Centre for Heritage and Family History.  Mike will paint a colourful account of how the Edwardians got around in those halcyon days before the First World War.  Illustrated in colour from old postcards, GWR posters and paintings ranging from transatlantic travel to commuting, pleasure jaunts and vacations.  One not to be missed!

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 other four talks in this quarter are on 17th January, 14th February, 28th February and 14th March.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'All the Fun of the Fair' - The history of Reading Cinemas - a talk by David Cliffe (including book signing)

David Cliffe was born at Macclesfield, Cheshire, when there were five cinemas operating, all of which he remembers.  He studied English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds followed by a postgraduate diploma in librarianship.  He worked at the public library in Reading for the entirety of his career in a variety of posts, the last one being Local Studies Manager.  The author of several books, the most recent being Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading Cinemas, which will be available to purchase during the afternoon.  David will describe the history of the single-screen cinema in Reading, from the travelling shows at the turn of the twentieth century, its heyday with the Vaudeville Electric Theatre in the 20s, through to today's multiscreen entertainment 'villages' and outdoor screenings.

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 other four talks in this quarter are on 17th January, 31st January, 28th February and 14th March.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'All the Fun of the Fair' - Mapledurham Mill - a talk by Cory Starling

Cory Starling is the miller at Mapledurham Mill, the last commercially operated mill on the River Thames.  A mill has existed on the site for over a thousand years and is referred to in Domesday.

The mill is part of the two and a half thousand acre Mapledurham estate which has been in the same family since 1492.  Corry will describe the early history of the mill until the 1960's when it became almost derelict and its workings and his role as miller.  He will describe the key influence weather and river levels can have on operations, including complete stoppage during flooding.  A selection of produce from the mill will be available for people to buy.

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 other four talks in this quarter are on 17th January, 31st January, 14th February and 14th March.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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'All the Fun of the Fair' - Greenham Common over the years - a talk by Penny Stokes (including book signing)

To many people the name 'Greenham Common' conjures up an image of women-only peace camps, protests against cruise missiles and conflict with the police, but behind this lies a much longer and more varied history.

Eminent local author and historian, Penny Stokes, will describe the many dramas which have taken place on the common: from Redcoat musters to refugee housing, golf to flider warfare, furze-gathering to filming, and bare-knuckle prize-fighting to bomb storage.  Copies of Penny's latest book The Common Good: The Story of Greenham Common wil be available to purchase, which she will be pleased to sign for you.

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 other four talks in this quarter are on 17th January, 31st January, 14th February and 28th February.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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