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January 2018
January 2018

Wed. 3 Jan, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 3 Jan, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

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

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Tue. 9 Jan, 2018

The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library (Tue. 9 Jan, 2018 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Tours of the new Centre are available for members from 12 noon - 3.30pm with coffee/tea and mince pies.

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 9 Jan, 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)

Wed. 10 Jan, 2018

Family History Advice (Wed. 10 Jan, 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

Reliving travels in Puss Moth G-AAZP (Wed. 10 Jan, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Join Tim Williams in a flight to meet the 1930s owners of his De Havilland Puss Moth.

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

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

Mon. 15 Jan, 2018

Medical & Scientific Oxford (Mon. 15 Jan, 2018 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

Victoria Bentata Azaz, a graduate of Oxford University and an experienced Blue Badge Guide and Author will be telling us about the contributions Oxford scientists and doctors have made to medicine. You will hear stories of numerous medical men such as Boyle, Willis, Florey and Heatley and their discoveries which shaped the modern world. 

Wed. 17 Jan, 2018

'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 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)

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

Are you writing up your family history the hard way?  Are you diagramming your family tree on paper by hand?  Is it always out-of-date?  The data you need is sitting in your genealogical software – use the software to write up the history and produce neat trees.  One of the many advantages of this approach is it is easy to produce an up-to-date printed tree.  Discover how to use the features of your FH software to ease the production of your own family history.

Fri. 19 Jan, 2018

Memories from the past (Fri. 19 Jan, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

Bring along your memorabilia and tell us about the keepsake or something about the person who owned the item. 

You don't have to be a member to join us.  If you have an keepsake with a story we would love to hear about it.

Thu. 25 Jan, 2018

Ticket to Ride - the pleasures and perils of early Victorian rail travel by Chris and Judy Rouse (Thu. 25 Jan, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

We take railway travel for granted today, but for our Victorian forbears the railways opened up undreamed of opportunities for not only the muddle classes but also the ordinary working man and his family to travel not only to work but also pleasure, creating a much more mobile society. However the new mode of transport also brought with it many dangers and perils. Using contemporary newspapers and illustrations we show you how the Victorians took advantage of the new railway system.

Tue. 30 Jan, 2018

Drop In Advice Session at Wokingham Library 2pm - 5pm (Tue. 30 Jan, 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)

Discoveries, by members and guests (Tue. 30 Jan, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

What have you found that has added to your family history or prompted you to research from other sources. Bring along objects, photographs and memorabilia and tell your story.

Wed. 31 Jan, 2018

'All the Fun of the Fair' - Edwardians on the Move - a talk by Mike Hurst (Wed. 31 Jan, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

It is a delight to welcome Goring-based historian Mike Hurst to The Centre for Heritage and Family History.  Mike will paint a colourful account of how the Edwardians got around in those halcyon days before the First World War.  Illustrated in colour from old postcards, GWR posters and paintings ranging from transatlantic travel to commuting, pleasure jaunts and vacations.  One not to be missed!

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 17th January, 14th February, 28th February and 14th March.

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