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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Find us on computers 17-24, on the 1st floor, at the Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY

2pm - 5pm

'All the Fun of the Fair' - The history of Reading Cinemas - a talk by David Cliffe (including book signing) (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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 the next 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 remaining talks in this quarter are on 28th February and 14th March.

Family History Helpdesk at Abingdon Library (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Members of Vale of White Horse Branch will be available in Abingdon Library to help with your research or help you to start your researching your family tree.

Please contact the library on 01235 520374 to book your place.

The Story of Greenham Common (Wed. 14 Feb, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Most people remember only the peace women, but Penny Stokes describes the much older role of the common as a place of public recreation and entertainment: from nineteenth-century prizefighting, steeplechasing and military displays, through to the recent spectacular celebration of Greenham Trust's 20th anniversary.

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