Murder at Reading Gaol

In the second of our talks focusing on Reading Gaol, crime writer and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Angela Buckley, will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

This is the third in a series of five talks on the theme of “Institutions”. The other talks take place on: 10th October, 24th October, 21st November and 5th December (all Thursdays, whereas this is a Saturday). You may purchase tickets for individual events or for all five talks in the series for the reduced price of four.

The ticket price includes tea/coffee and cake after the talk. Advance booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability). 



09 Nov 2019


12:00 - 14:00


The Centre for Heritage & Family History


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


  • Angela Buckley
    Angela Buckley

    Angela is a keen family historian, with a particular interest in crime history. She began researching her family history and soon discovered that many of her ancestors had broken the law. These ancestors, as well as other family history related topics, have been the subject of many articles for national magazines and newspapers. Angela’s first book “The real Sherlock Holmes” was based on the fascinating casebook of Jerome Caminada, a celebrated 19th century detective who served on the Manchester City police force.

    Angela moved to Reading twenty years ago and has very much enjoyed researching local historical crimes. When she settled in Caversham, she learnt about Victorian baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and published an account of the shocking discovery of her crimes in “Amelia Dyer and the Baby Farm Murders”, giving many local talks on the topic.

    A former chair of the Society of Genealogists, Angela’s is now a vice-president of Berkshire Family History Society.

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Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history