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February 2023

February Natter Goup

Informal discussion group, facilitated by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. End time varies. Free to attend, but pre-booking required.  ...
07 Feb
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The hidden history of Reading’s War Graves and Memorials

Like every similar sized town across England, Reading suffered a large number of casualties as a result of the First World War. The talk will refer to Reading Old Cemetery's WW1 war graves and commemorations. Speaker, Liz Tait, will also make reference to the Alfred Sutton School War Memorial and the St. Luke’s Church War Memorial. ...
09 Feb
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

WW1 Navy Records for Family Historians Workshop

This workshop is designed for Family Historians who are researching their relatives who served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Naval Division during World War One. WW1 saw a huge change in the Royal Navy with submarines and aircraft joining the fleet for the first time in a major conflict. We will look at some of these and what they meant to the men and women who served. We will look at the ranks and also the roles each rank undertook both onboard ship and ashore. Finally, we will unravel some of the terminology and jargon used. ...
11 Feb
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£10.00

Face-to-Face Family History Advice Clinic

Just beginning your family history research and need some advice? Baffled by so many competing research websites? Banging your head against a brick wall? Or struggling with some other issues? In this one-to-one session, one of our seasoned advisors will help you make some progress ...
16 Feb
11:00 - 14:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Titanic Effort! RMS Carpathia’s dash to save a stricken liner

Named after the Carpathian mountain range, RMS Carpathia was a Cunard line transatlantic passenger steamship. It is probably best known for rescuing survivors of the rival White Star Line's RMS Titanic, after the latter struck an iceberg and sank with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people in the North Atlantic Ocean. In dangerous conditions, the Carpathia navigated the ice fields, managing to arrive two hours after the Titanic had sunk, and enabling the crew to rescue 705 survivors from the ship's lifeboats. In 1918, the Carpathia in turn sank after being torpedoed three times by a German submarine. Find out more in this fascinating talk by Paul Barnett. ...
23 Feb
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00

Tour of Holy Trinity Church, Reading

Holy Trinity Church stands on the Oxford Road in Reading, about 500 metres west of the town centre.  It was built in 1826 as a proprietary chapel, to the designs of local architect Edward Garbett. It appears in one of the earliest photographs ever taken by Henry Fox Talbot, in 1840. The church is grade II listed, mainly because of its chancel rood screen designed by Augustus Pugin. However, the church is packed with other fine furnishings including a Queen Anne pulpit, from which both Wesley brothers have preached. Below, lies its crypt with burial vaults dating back to the earliest years of the building's use. Churchwarden Ron Cutting will lead this tour. He will explain the history of the church and some of its more prominent parishioners. The tour will include a visit to the very fine and atmospheric crypt, which, for many, will be the highlight of this special visit.  ...
28 Feb
14:30 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00
March 2023

Tour of St Mary’s Church, Reading

The society's visits and walks are always very popular and this one takes us to St Mary’s (the Minster) Church, which has a rich history. It may date back as far as the 7th century when tradition has St Birinus forming a small chapel on the site. Enjoy a guided tour of this important building and learn about its history and the notable families of Reading associated with it. Don’t forget to check out the 150-year-old Indian Bean Tree in the churchyard, one of a number of significant trees planted there. The tour includes refreshments at St Mary’s. ...
03 Mar
14:00 - 15:30
St Mary Minster Church, Reading
St. Mary's Gate, Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2HX
£5.00

Beginners’ Family History Course

This online course comprises a series of six workshops for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice. Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills. Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations. This course also acts as a good refresher for those wanting to make sure they have covered all the bases. There are six sessions: March 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th and April 3rd & 17th.  All run from 7pm - 9.30pm.  ...
06 Mar
19:00 - 21:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£35.00

March Natter Group

Informal discussion group, facilitated by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. End time varies. Free to attend, but pre-booking required.  ...
07 Mar
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Tracks to the Trenches

An affecting account of railway activities in England and in France during the Great War. This second talk on railways during the war will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men – and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley. ...
09 Mar
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00
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February 2023

Drop In Advice Session

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. ...
09 Feb
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

The Thames from Oxford to Windsor: shaping history through the centuries

Since the earliest times, the Thames has had a profound influence on historical events and on the lives of those who lived near to the river. The talk will consider the river’s role as a political boundary, a means of livelihood, a line of communication, a source of food and more recently, a highly valued social and environmental resource. ...
17 Feb
14:15 - 17:00
Bracknell Branch
The New Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU

Drop In Advice Session

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society ...
28 Feb
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF
March 2023

After the Great War: History in the 1921 Census

For family historians, the 1921 Census is the last publication for thirty years. It is very informative about the impact of the First World War, join Sue Ellis as she looks at the 1921 census from the standpoint of the people living in Newbury and Thatcham. ...
08 Mar
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS

Royal Women

This talk explores the lives of three Royal women from ...
20 Mar
19:30 - 21:45
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP

Flanders and the Somme – then and now

Ian Everest made his first visit to the battlefields of the Great War over thirty years ago to visit the grave of his Great-Uncle. Such is the impact it made on him, he has been back every year since. His illustrated talk reflects of some of the significant sites on the Western Front and what can be seen today on the 'old front' line' ...
28 Mar
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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