Reading in the Second World War – online talk

Enjoy this talk from the comfort and safety of your own home, and wherever you live in the world, whilst still being able to contribute fully to the discussion afterwards. 

Based upon his book Reading at War, Stuart will explore how the war affected Reading and its citizens. From the victims of war, both military and civilian, the privations and shortages; and examples of heroism and self-sacrifice. And in contrast, the black market and war-related crime. Discover the relationship between the townspeople and the 25,000 or so evacuees visited on them in September 1939.  The talk will be illustrated by examples of wartime advertising expounding ‘make do and mend’,  because of the lack of things to buy. 

Pre-booking is required as full joining instructions will be emailed in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

This talk is the first in the series “The Second World War”  – buy all five talks in the series for the reduced price of four.

To join this talk, you will need a computer (or laptop/tablet) which has speakers and a microphone. Ideally, also a webcam. You need to be able to access emails from this device. First-time users will be asked to download a small piece of software. This will be sent to you in advance. 

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  • Stuart Hylton
    Stuart Hylton

    Stuart Hylton has had a total of 28 books published, on historic subjects both local and national. He was born and grew up in Windsor, went to Manchester University and has lived in Reading since 1980, where he worked as a town planner. He is now retired and, when not writing, spends his time as part of the Didcot Railway Centre’s Education Team, and doing volunteer work for Reading Museum. He is married, with two grown up children.

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