All Centre Events

Welcome. The Centre for Heritage and Family History is the home of Berkshire Family History Society. You will find it within Reading's Central Library.

As well as Research Zone — the county's best family history research facility — the Centre provides a major new venue for an events and activities programme designed for all family historians (wherever their interests), local historians and others who just enjoy learning more about the past.

Grand Houses website

Overview to June 2019

AFTERNOON TALKS to inform and entertain you, with tea and cake too — feature expert speakers with a passion and flair for their subjects.

The first talks of 2019 take 'Transport' as their broad theme. Some of Berkshire's 'Grand Houses' feature from April to June.

GUIDED WALKS and TOURS throughout the year

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS   A wide range of family history linked subjects are covered during the year.

COURSES From Starting your Family History to Understanding old handwriting, courses are organised on a regular basis. Contact the Booking Administrator to secure your place on one of these.

DISCUSSION GROUPS A DNA discussion group starts in April. There is also regular informal discussion at The Centre on the first Tuesday evening of the month from 18.45.

LUNCHTIME Drop-in sessions No booking needed, just turn up with your questions and get help on different aspects of your research. 

GROUP VISITS to The Centre for Heritage and Family History are welcomed (including a talk, if required) by prior arrangement.


Events leaflet: January-March and Events leaflet: April-June (Both open as PDFs in a new window)

Those who decide to become society members can enjoy immediate savings on tickets for talks and on fees for other events, where they are payable.

A useful benefit that makes membership such good value.


The Centre for Heritage and Family History, 2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ.

Phone: 0118 950 9553


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. It has a lift and disabled toilets. Disabled parking places are generally available directly in front of the library (maximum stay four hours).

Getting here

Download the 'How to find us' leaflet


Free parking is available for those attending evening and Saturday events — please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

Ensure your place at your chosen events

Book tickets and places online now


Page revised 3rd March 2019

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