Events under 'Branch meetings'
Monday, September 23, 2019

All branch meetings are listed in this category.

Note: talks at The Centre for Heritage and Family History are not included here.

Event Name

Date

Newbury Branch - Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Newbury Branch meets at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Yesterday's Runways

The Thames Valley and adjacent county areas contain the sites of many former airfields which are now truly 'Yesterday's Runways'. This talk outlines the development of airfields across the area from the 1930's and their peak numbers in World War II to their post war decline.  The layout structures and the historical importance of these iconic locations are illustrated and described.

Speaker: Bill King

Monday, February 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - The Story Behind the Picture

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Reading Branch - The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinemas, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newbury Branch: Is your ancestor a railway policeman?

Steve Beamon is a committee member of the British Transport Police History Group, which aims to preserve the historical records and artefacts of the British Transport Police and all its constituent forces, wherever railway and dock police forces were operational.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Open Evening

Vale Branch 'What did you find at the Record Office'

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.  An enjoyable evening where even the most experienced family historians can learn something new.

This meeting is ideal for those new to family history.

Monday, September 16, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - Heraldry

by Christopher Singleton, Berkshire Family History Society member

Objectives of the talk:

  • Generate a broader awareness and knowledge of heraldry;
  • Provide the tools for members to do their own research; and
  • Illustrate the use of these tools through researching two or three members’ forebears.

 Format of the talk:

  • Origins of heraldry, from medieval times;
  • Heraldic composition, elements and their meaning;
  • Early sources, bridging the gap from the medieval era to 1538;
  • Findings of my research of members’ forebears; and
  • Further study opportunities.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'The Great Exhibition of 1851. Foundation of the Arts and Crafts Movement inc. William Morris' talk by John Brearley

Friday, September 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Windsor Branch: The History of the Foundling Hospital by Jane King

Thomas Coram's struggle in 1739 to establish the Foundling Hospital — London's first home for abandoned children — and how babies left there were brought up.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch: Putting Berkshire on the Map by John Leighfield

John’s talk will give us a brief introduction to mapping from prehistoric times up to the earliest, primitive maps of Britain.  We’ll be taken from the first extant map of Britain with genuine cartographic content and the revolution in mapping in the 16th century (particularly Saxton and Speed), into the 18th century (driven by a prize given by the RSA), through the 19th century (the Ordnance Survey) and end with the transformation in mapping brought about by the technological revolution of the late 20th and the 21st centuries.

This talk is heavily illustrated with pictures of all the key maps that show Berkshire from 1574 onwards and will be accompanied by a display of a number of the key maps that have been discussed.

John Leighfield has been collecting maps (of Oxfordshire and adjoining counties and of Cornwall) since 1966 and regularly lectures on the topic.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newbury Branch: The life and times of Robert Tebbot: a nineteenth-century rags-to-riches builder, and friend of kings

Dr David Lewis is treasurer of the Berkshire Local History Association, and talks regularly on the history of Windsor, and his subject will be the lowly nineteenth-century builder who became mayor of Windsor (twice) and the friend of kings.

Robt Tebbott

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - A Caribbean Journey

by Guy Grannum, who works at The National Archives

Come and discover how Guy progressed from naive beginnings in researching his Barbadian ancestry, until he became a seminal author of Caribbean Family History Research.

Featuring

  • Motivation behind his research
  • Research in a time of change
  • Sources
  • DNA
  • One name study
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'The Edwardians' talk by Tony King

Friday, October 18, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Riots, Randies & Women not their Wives

A talk explaining the social and living conditions of the 19th Century railway navvy, his recreations and pastimes and the plight of his wife and her children.

Speaker: Judy Rouse

Monday, October 21, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Windsor Branch: Conserving your Family Archives by Sue Gibbons

Learn how to conserve family treasures.

Sue will cover a wide range, including: paper, such as original documents, maps, books, photographs, etchings and paintings, textiles, such as samplers, christening robes and uniforms.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 7:15 pm - 10:15 pm
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Reading Branch: Policing Reading in World War 1 by Tony Keep

This talk looks at eight police forces covering the Thames Valley area during the First World War, a policeman's working hours at that time,  and the impact of ‘Recall to the Realm’ on policemen on military reserve. Reading Borough Police lost nearly 20% of its manpower overnight when men were recalled. The Defence of the Realm Act and Regulations placed extra duties on the police, (illustrated with statistics from the Reading Chief Constable's annual reports).

Tony retired from Thames Valley Police as a Chief Inspector in 1995 after 32 years’ service, starting as a cadet and gaining experience in general uniform duties, traffic (roads policing) and training. As a Chief Inspector, he was involved in planning and policing of Reading football matches, Reading Festival and Henley Royal Regatta. After retiring, Tony was a volunteer in the force museum. He has researched The Great Train Robbery (2013) and lives of 49 police officers who lost their lives on active service in The First World War (2014).

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Newbury Branch: Boiled cats, mercury and Jesuit drops

Penny Stokes considers your chances of surviving a healthcare crisis in eighteenth-century Newbury, looking at the town's medical practitioners, mortality and causes of death, and the remedies which Newbury's Georgians trusted for cures.

apothecary

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'Heroes of Woodley Airfield' talk by Joy Pibworth

Many key figures in aviation history have ties with Woodley.  Douglas Bader, Amy Johnson, Geoffrey de Havilland, Charles Lindbergh are all well-known names.  

Friday, November 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Oxford & the Spanish Civil War

In July 1936 right-wing army officers staged a coup against the democratically-elected government of Spain, prompting a three-year civil war.  More than half a million died, the majority of them civilians, and the confilt became a tragic precursor to World War II.

This talk tells the story of how the people of Oxfordshire responded to the Spanish Civil War.

Speaker: Liz Woolley

Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - A Genealogical Christmas Quiz

Non-alcoholic mulled wine and mince pies as this is the last Computer Branch meeting for 2019 as there is no meeting in December.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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