The Centre

A great space for society members and the public to use and to enjoy. It’s a lively meeting place and friendly focal point for everyone interested in heritage and history — including family, local and social history


The Centre provides the area’s best family history research facility. Today’s researchers need to know how best to search for, organise and present information using digital sources and vital offline resources. It’s FREE to visit and informed advice and support are always at hand from society volunteers


The Centre hosts a lively activities and events programme, aimed at widening researchers’ knowledge and deepening their understanding. Talks, walks, courses and workshops deliver updated perspectives and help place research findings into better historical context

Research Tools

FREE use of key online research tools improves prospects of finding that elusive ancestor. Each service offers different record sets, geographical coverage, search capabilities and levels of detail. That is why The Centre offers access to Findmypast, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry’s national and international records


For a small charge, The Centre offers A3 and A4 print services for research findings.

Events Programme

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Berkshire Family History Society
The Centre for Heritage and Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library
Abbey Square


0118 950 9553

Normally open:

  • Monday: 11.00 – 16.00
  • Tuesday: 10.30 – 16.00 & 18.45 – 21.00
  • Saturday: 10.30 – 14.30
  • Last Thursday each month: 10.30 – 16.00