Maiwand Lion war memorial

Grave News of Reading 1 – Online Talk

This talk is an online illustrated talk, using Zoom prepared for the Heritage Open Days event 11th– 20th September. It will be repeated on four separate occasions during these 10 days.

We will be highlighting some of the outstanding, interesting, historical, and sometimes funny memorials found in Reading and the surrounding area.

Please join us as we share with you some of the memorials we have enjoyed finding either for the first time or re-visiting during these peculiar Pandemic times. During our tour we will come across many types of memorial, from the magnificence of the Maiwand Lion in Forbury Gardens commemorating the many soldiers of the Royal Berkshire Regiment who lost their lives during the Afghan campaign (1879-1880) to traditional or not so traditional graves in burial grounds. We will also visit other memorials, some quite prominent and others hidden away from general public view

Enjoy this talk from the comfort and safety of your own home

Pre-booking is required. The Zoom Meeting details will be included in the Booking Confirmation email that is sent after you have booked. Bookings close one day before the event.

To join this talk, you will need a computer device from which you can access your emails and which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam.  First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  

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  • Chad Hanna
    Chad Hanna

    Chad is a highly experienced family historian, having been in and out of Record Offices since the 1970s. He has honed his understanding of family history at conferences in both the UK and the USA. Chad has a one-name study of his mother’s Failes family who arrived in England as the Fenlands were being drained in the late 17th century. He has also made some headway with his father’s Irish ancestry.

    Chad has a particular interest in both probate and electoral records, and also has a deep understanding of records produced by family history societies, having worked professionally for the Federation of Family History Societies for eight years using his skills as a computer professional. He holds a BSc(Eng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College and a City and Guilds Certificate in High Education teaching.

  • Gillian Stevens
    Gillian Stevens

    A veteran family historian, Gillian has worked closely with the Federation of Family History Societies, Findmypast and The National Archives enabling her to build an impressive experience of archives and their accessibility. She is an experienced tutor of beginner family history courses and also runs workshops for more experienced researchers on family history websites and wills and probate, to name but a few.

    Gillian has a degree in Business Studies and a City and Guilds Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has served regular five year terms as a trustee of Berkshire Family History Society since 2007 and chairs the society’s Computer Branch. She also facilitates discussion in an informal monthly natter group and helps researchers who require more technical assistance with their family history research as part of a ‘Tuesday evening team’.

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