Events under 'Branch meetings'
Wednesday, July 24, 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 - What my DNA test told me

Tony Hadland took a comprehensive DNA test to prove (or disprove) a family tradition that his great-grandmother, Mildred Gill, was of Spanish descent. The test confirmed a cover-up going back several generations but also threw up fascinating information about his Oxfordshire agricultural labourer ancestors, possibly linking them to the spread of agriculture from the Fertile Crescent.

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, June 12, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Poverty, Pestilence & Public Health

Britain may have been the 'workshop of the world' in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens.  A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population.

This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State's struggle to improve conditions.

Speaker: Simon Wenham

Monday, June 17, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch Woodley - Subscription Websites

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - 'A Serendipity of Family History'

Social evening for members and visitors, with short talks and quizzes and a Touch of Summer.

Friday, June 21, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Society AGM followed by Film and Sound Archives for the Family Historian by Kathy Chater

This year Windsor Branch hosts the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Society.

In keeping with the current 'Grand Houses' theme, the venue is The William East Room at Hall Place (home of Berkshire College of Agriculture), Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, SL6 6QR.

The short society AGM precedes the Branch meeting, which features a talk by Kathy Chater on 'Film and Sound Archives for the Family Historian'.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Reading Branch - Photographs and Memorabilia by members and guests

Members and visitors, you are invited to bring along your favourite photograph or piece of memorabilia, with the story behind it, for an informal night of discussion. This is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening. There is a 10-minute slot for you to show your photograph or item, and explain why it is special for you.

Maybe you have a photograph or unidentified item, but no story behind it, just questions. Bring it along too, you never know, help may be at hand with tips and clues to guide your way. Please let us know if you plan on bringing something along.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - No meeting

Friday, July 19, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Bracknell & Wokingham Branch - No meeting

Friday, August 16, 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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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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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.

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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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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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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