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What new archives are now available at the BRO?

Berkshire Record Office
Berkshire Record Office

Recently catalogued items which may be of interest include the papers of the Castle family of Home Farm, Charlton, 1704-2008 (D/EX2547) as well as deeds of the family’s property, 1713-1902 (D/ECA); the papers of the Blandy, Hooper and Watlington families of Reading, 1692-1933 (R/D142); the papers of the Loveday family, 1697-1848, (R/D155); and the records from the linked Harrison, Martin, Salter and Talbot families, 1717-1943 (D/EX2188). We also have the court roll for Cholsey manor, 1749-1750, (D/EX2617).

A number of schools in Reading are represented, such as Reading School, 1714-1866 (R/ES19); the British School (established by local nonconformists) in Southampton Street, 1809-1905 (R/ES12); Kendrick Girls’ School, 1875-1955 (R/ES13); and minutes of the private Reading Nursery School, serving Whitley, 1937-1939 (R/ES18). There is also material for Basildon CE School, 1877-2010 (SCH39); John Blandy Primary School, Kingston Bagpuize, 1872-1980 (SCH45); and a small amount of material relating to Roysse’s Grammar School, Abingdon, 1854-1935 (SCH41).

Our website has lots of information about family and local history in general as well as our opening hours and online catalogue; you can even read our latest newsletter and see what events we have on – why not take a look: If you’re interested in seeing something, please do visit, but if you’re not able to come in person we can still assist you remotely; just use our online contact form on the website and get in touch.

What’s going on at the BRO?

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

18th March 2019, time 10.30-11.30

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Berkshire Record Office? Come along to our ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour where you will be shown how we store our documents and given an insight into the job of our conservator as well as the work that the BRO does. It’s FREE, there are 12 spaces and booking is essential. Please email or call 0118 937 5132.

World War One Exhibition

To commemorate the end to the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, we will be showcasing some World War One records in an exhibition from May 2019.

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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.

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  • 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)

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