The Edwardians

The ‘Edwardian Era’ is considered to be from the accession to the throne of Edward to the outbreak of the First World War.

A time when so much happened in our country that has influenced our lives today.

We will look at the social conditions, the ‘haves and the have-nots’, the Boer War and Edwardian entertainments: the music hall, the birth of the cinema.   Seaside holidays became an important part of family life and ‘going shopping’ came of age with the introduction of the department stores … and then the days leading to ‘the war to end all wars’. 


18 Oct 2019


Doors open at 7.15pm
19:45 - 21:30
Bracknell Branch


Bracknell Branch
Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU


  • Tony King
    Tony King

    Having retired from career as a Chartered Surveyor where Tony was involved in major projects on new buildings it was, nevertheless, with older buildings that he found he had the most interest. This has led to a growing interest in historic research and Tony now speaks to groups on a number of historical subjects.

    Apart from history, Tony is interested in the development of cinema both from the point of view of the buildings in which the films are shown, and production itself.
    Another great interest is literature, and he enjoys delving into the background of the times in which the books were written. Tony is on the Committee of Wokingham Literary 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