Centre talks

Welcome to this page introducing the regular afternoon talks hosted by the society through the year at The Centre for Heritage and Family History.

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Thursday afternoon talks — with tea and cake — are designed to inform and entertain, whether you are a family historian, a local historian, or simply someone who would like to know more about a subject that they might not have considered before.

The first series of talks for 2019 take 'Transport' as its broad theme.

In 2018, ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ ran from January to March, and 'The English Civil War', from April to June. The summer saw five talks on aspects of  'Life on the River Thames', and 'The Armistice' was the focus for the autumn talks.

The society works carefully to secure excellent speakers, all with a passion and flair for their chosen topics.

What better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than by journeying into history, enjoying a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake, and relaxing in the company of fellow historians and researchers? (There's even time to go shopping at The Oracle afterwards!)

Tickets are just £5 for each talk (£4 for society members) which includes your tea or coffee, and cake too.

Book all five talks in a series, in advance, and pay only for four — a useful saving — whether or not you are a society member.

Enjoy all five afternoon talks in a series for £20 (£16 for society members).

Securing your place early is strongly recommended (though if places are still available, you can turn up and pay on the day). But it is always better to book and be quite sure of your place.

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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


Talks begin at 2.00 pm and the afternoon runs till round 4.00 pm.

Secure your places at your chosen events

Use this link to book your places.

Page revised 10th January 2019                                    

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