Reading during the reign of Elizabeth I – online talk

In the difficult times we all face due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, Berkshire Family History Society is delighted to offer you this online talk, which replaces the previously scheduled face to face talk on the same date. Enjoy this from the comfort and safety of your own home, whilst still being able to ask questions to the speaker. 

At the commencement of Elizabeth’s reign Reading was bankrupt, yet during her reign it became a thriving, growing town. However, whilst it was the largest and richest settlement in the Thames Valley, and now with its own local government, it was still beset by epidemic disease and poverty. Queen Elizabeth I paid many visits to Reading, the last of which was in 1602: she would stay at the abbey, then a royal palace, and attend services at St Laurence’s Church. 

The talk will last approximately one hour after which there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Advance booking is required as you will be sent a link to access the live talk. The booking system will close 24 hours before the talk. 

To be able to join in this discussion group, you will need a computer (or laptop/tablet) which has built-in or separate speakers and a built-in or separate mic.  Ideally you will also have a webcam fitted on your device or as a separate attachment. Your computer needs to have a browser and be connected to broadband. You will be asked to download a small piece of software the first time you join to enable you to use the online conferencing software. This will be sent to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  

 

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Non-members £5

For non-members of Berkshire Family History Society and members' guests

Available Tickets: 30
The Non-members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Members £4

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 30
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

Speakers

  • Joan Dils
    Joan Dils

    Joan Dils is an experienced local historian and writer specialising in 16th and 17th century Berkshire. Her books include: the first and second editions of “An Historical Atlas of Berkshire”, the latter edited in conjunction with Margaret Yates, and Reading St Laurence Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1498-1570: Parts I and II, (Berkshire Record Series). Her latest, “History of Reading”, was published in October 2019.

    Joan is president of the Berkshire Local History Association and also the History of Reading Society, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at Reading and Oxford Universities where she was a part-time lecturer.

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