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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library (Wed. 17 Jan, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Tours of the new Centre are available for members from 12 noon - 1.30pm with coffee/tea and mince pies.  FREE event, booking not required - just turn up.

'All the Fun of the Fair' - Street Organs - their history and a demonstration - a talk by John Hunt (Wed. 17 Jan, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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 any queries.

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

Family History Programs - going further (Wed. 17 Jan, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm)

Berks FHS Computer Branch - The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ

Tony Wright will help us do more with family history programs.

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