More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

While Reading is rightly renowned for its baking, brewing and seed businesses, the town had many lesser-known industries that brought with them prosperity and just as importantly jobs, for the wider population.  In a time when most companies were privately owned, we will explore a number of these companies and the people who owned them covering industries such as printing, ironworking and brickmaking; names like Cox and Wyman, Katesgrove Foundry and Poulton’s Waterloo Kiln Brickworks.

This is the last of three talks in the Industry and Archaeology Talks Series. The other talks take place on 11th July and 8th August. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  

After the talk, tea/coffee and cake will be available (included in the price). Pre-booking is preferred, but you can pay on the door, if there are spaces available.  

Image: reproduced with the kind permission of Jo Alexander Jones

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Thu 12 Sep


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  • Jo Alexander Jones
    Jo Alexander Jones

    Jo spent over 30 years in the oil and gas industry, working in the UK and overseas.

    Now retired, she has time to indulge her passion for local history and especially our industrial heritage. She is active with the Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group, The History of Reading Society and is secretary of the Berkshire Local History Association. She has also spent many years tracing her family tree, having caught the bug from her father.