Centre talks

Welcome. This page introduces the regular afternoon talks programme, arranged and hosted by the society throughout the year at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading.

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Talks (mostly on Thursday afternoons) are designed to inform and entertain, whether you are a family historian, a local historian, or simply someone who wants to know more about a topic that you might not have thought too much about before.

The first series of talks for 2019 take 'Transport' as its broad theme. From April, the focus moves to 'Grand Houses'.

Themes for 2018 were ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, 'The English Civil War', 'Life on the River Thames', and 'The Armistice'.

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

What better way to spend a couple of afternoon hours than to journey into history, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake, and to relax in the company of fellow historians and researchers? (There's even time to shop at The Oracle afterwards!)

Tickets are just £5 for each talk (£4 for society members) which includes your tea or coffee, and cake. Booking in advance is strongly recommended, to be sure of a place — turn up and pay on the day, if you wish, but there may not be any seats left!


Book all five talks in a series, in advance, and you 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).

It is always best to book and be sure of your place.


Talks: January-March and Talks: April-June Both open as PDFs in a new window


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

Book your place online now


Page revised 3rd March 2019                                    

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