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June 2018
June 2018

Wed. 6 Jun, 2018

'The English Civil War' - 1645-1660: Civil War to Commonwealth - a talk by John Brearley (Wed. 6 Jun, 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 'The English Civil War'. This is the fifth and final talk in the series.

Formerly a teacher, John Brearley is a popular and charismatic speaker on local history topics across Berkshire.  Accompanied by slides and music, John will talk about the Civil War and the Commonwealth period through to the restoration of the monarchy.  During these years, the first Council of War was held in Reading, and Charles I was briefly held in captivity in Caversham, before his eventual execution.  Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating and entertaining talk. 

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 third and fourth talks in this series are on 9th May and 23rd May.

Family History Advice (Wed. 6 Jun, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Cippenham Library, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB.

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records.

Mon. 11 Jun, 2018

43rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF BERKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY followed by 'MORE THAN THREE MEN IN A BOAT: the rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames. (Mon. 11 Jun, 2018 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm)

We are delighted to have secured Dr. Simon Wenham as our speaker in the historic Crown & Thistle hotel, a stone's throw from the River Thames, the water artery of Historic Berkshire. Simon is an expert on the Victorians and particularly in the growth of pleasure boating as a leisure activity. He is the author of Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 - Present Day (updated in 2017). The Victorian period is often described as the 'golden age of the Thames', as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure. It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and 'three men in a boat'. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river's history are misleading.

We do hope that you are able to arrive well before the meeting so that you can experience some of the history and uniqueness of Abingdon. To help you get the most out of your visit we will be offering two different guided walks. Our first walk on offer is about one hour long and within the town centre. It will start from the courtyard of the Crown and Thistle Hotel at about 4.30 pm, members of the Vale of White Horse branch will lead you on a gentle stroll, pointing out various places of interest. The walk will take you to see the only remaining parts of Abingdon Abbey, a Victorian folly and the old County Hall. Don’t worry if you miss the guided walk, we will also have a self-guide version available.

The second guided walk available on the afternoon is a little more strenuous. It will be led by Martin Buckland, a member of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust, and takes approximately 3 hours. ‘The River’s of Abingdon Walk’ will start  from under The County Hall) at approximately 2.00 pm, you will be taken through the Abbey meadows and over Abingdon weir and lock and onto Swift Ditch and the ancient lock remains, then back along the eastern bank of the Thames back towards the town. Much of this walk is along tow paths and uneven ground and appropriate footwear is a must Martin has led guided walks for many years and his walks are always interesting; this walk will show you the other waterways within Abingdon as well as the River Thames.

Whichever walk you choose, you will be given plenty of time to get a meal or refreshments before the meeting. Abingdon has many good tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. We are pleased to say that Berkshire FHS members will be entitled to a 10% discount at ‘The Kings Head & Bell’ which is at the end of our guided walks and only a short distance from the AGM venue.

You may wish to see the full AGM notice with directions to Abingdon and parking information.

Tue. 12 Jun, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 12 Jun, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Civil War walk around the Katesgrove area of Reading with Evelyn Williams and Steve Haywood (Tue. 12 Jun, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Katesgrove-resident, Evelyn Williams' research interests include: allotments; industrial history and everything to do with Katesgrove.  Her MBA dissertation explored the brewing industries of Reading.  She is the author of several local history articles, and a founder member of the Whitley Pump, an online local news website for Katesgrove.  Steve Haywood has been a research volunteer for Reading Museum since retirement, undertaking various projects for the Reading Abbey Revealed project including research on the siege of Reading and its impact on the town's inhabitants.  This walk will be possible for those with a mobility scooter or powered wheelchairs, but will be difficult for those in non-powered wheelchairs.  It will be an up-and downhill walk, of about two miles, exploring places in the Whitley and Katesgrove areas of Reading, that played a part in the Civil War.  The walk will start and finish near St Giles' Church.

Tickets: were £5 non-members or £4 members.   No more places are available on this walk.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Wed. 13 Jun, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 13 Jun, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Slough's new library, The Curve.

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

2pm - 5pm

Free Access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

Mills & milling in Berkshire (Wed. 13 Jun, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Talk by Elizabeth Trout of the Mills Archive

All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Good company. Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.

Enquiries to newbury at berksfhs.org.uk or see www.berksfhs.org.uk

Fri. 15 Jun, 2018

Preserving Family Memorabilia a talk by Sue Hourigan (Fri. 15 Jun, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

How to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, treasured documents, important family history items and artwork. 

Sue will also give an overview of conservation treatments.

Wed. 20 Jun, 2018

Tue. 26 Jun, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 26 Jun, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and 'brickwalls' ..... and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.

Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB. (2pm - 5pm)

An Introduction to Jewish Genealogy by Leigh Dworkin (Tue. 26 Jun, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

What would you do if you discovered a Jewish ancestor in your tree? Come and hear the about Jewish Genealogy and hear what you can find out about the sweep of Jewish history and geography, learn new languages and discover just why Jewish genealogy is even more addictive than finding out about your other non-Jewish ancestors.

This talk is a change to the one shown in the Historian

Thu. 28 Jun, 2018

My favourite family photograph (Thu. 28 Jun, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Members are invited to bring along their favourite family photograph with the story behind it for an informal night of discussion. We hope this is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening.

Sat. 30 Jun, 2018

SWAG Fair at Swindon (Sat. 30 Jun, 2018 10:00 am - 3:30 pm)

Berkshire Family History Society will be in Swindon on 30th June from 10.00 to 3.30 pm for the SWAG Fair (South West Area Group Family History Event)

This takes place at the STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2EY

You will be able to join the society, purchase its publications and get help and advice from society volunteers on the day.


School Records workshop (Sat. 30 Jun, 2018 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Tutor: Joan Dils

Joan Dils is currently President of the History of Reading Society, a Vice-President of the Berkshire Local History Association and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at the University where she was a part-time lecturer.

This workshop will demonstrate what school records were created, where they can be found, what information can be found in them, and their value to family historians. One not to miss.

Tickets:  £10 non-members or £9 members. Places limited, so early booking is highly recommended.  Includes tea and coffee.

Free parking available for attendees - contact events for details.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

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