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December 2020
January 2021

A Potpourri of Social History Talks Series

This all series ticket covers all five talks in the Winter "Potpourri of Social History" talks series , for the discounted price of four. You may also book each talk individually - see each separate event page. ...
14 Jan
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Healthcare in a Georgian Town

Join us for a fascinating insight into Georgian Berkshire, when Penny Stokes considers your chances of surviving a healthcare crisis. Penny will look at medical practitioners, mortality and causes of death, and the remedies which the Georgians trusted for cures. Specific examples will be from Newbury. ...
14 Jan
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The Old Poor Law Workshop

Many family historians have ancestors whose lives were touched at some point by poverty. The Old Poor Law (1597-1834) was a system of poor relief devised by Tudor politicians which was still in use until the eve of Queen Victoria’s reign. This workshop will explain how the system worked and evolved over the centuries, and discuss the records such as settlement examinations and bastardy bonds which it created and their usefulness for researchers.  ...
23 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

‘King of all Balloons’: James Sadler

James Sadler was an Oxford pastry chef and yet became England's first aeronaut. His fascinating story has a number of Berkshire connections. He and his son Windham set numerous records while ascending from some 40 British towns and cities. Many being the first ever from those places. Yet despite a lifetime of achievement, which brought him into contact with some of the most significant names in Georgian Britain, Sadler ended his days in impoverished obscurity. ...
28 Jan
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
February 2021

February Natter Group

Informal discussion group, topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. New attendees always welcome. ...
02 Feb
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Railways Records for Family Historians Workshop

Did your Ancestors work on the railways? In this online workshop, we will unravel the history of the railway companies, from British Railways in the 1980s back to the first railway companies in the Victorian period. We will work through some sample railway documents to decipher what the railway language used within them means, and how they can be used by family historians to build their family histories. We will conclude by looking at where railway archives can be found and how they can be accessed. ...
06 Feb
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The Upper Thames Patrol

It was the responsibility of the Upper Thames Patrol to blow up the Thames’ bridges and locks  if the enemy was seen approaching. With 135 miles to cover from Teddington Lock to Lechlade, including 35 road bridges, 7 rail bridges and 42 locks, this often forgotten unit had their work cut out. This talk tells the story of the Upper Thames Patrol, their organisation, their experiences and the men who served in it. ...
11 Feb
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
March 2021

March Natter Group

Informal discussion group, topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. New attendees always welcome. ...
02 Mar
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The arrival of the railways in Reading

Brunel's Great Western Railway arrived in Reading on the 30th March 1840. In this talk, historian Richard Marks, will look at the impact the railway had on the town when it arrived, and how this compared to other places. We will also look at how the first train service compared to the service Reading enjoys today. ...
06 Mar
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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December 2020

Short talks and quiz

Join us for an informal evening of entertainment, personal stories and a quiz to test those brain cells. Branch members will be sharing their stories of personal triumphs and tribulations and introducing us to some of their ancestors ...
10 Dec
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Christmas Family History Quiz

Who will win the coveted title of 'Abingdon (Vale) Branch Christmas Quiz Champion 2020'? ...
14 Dec
19:15 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Windsor Christmas Genealogical Quiz

Ken Houghton - our very own Bamber Gascoigne – will be reading the questions. Bonus points for bringing your own leftover sprouts, but it is all for fun! Drop us a line at windsor@berksfhs.org.uk if you intend to join us. ...
29 Dec
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
January 2021

Humour in Genealogy

As the title suggests, Chris Broom's talk "Humour in Genealogy" ...
28 Jan
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
February 2021

Women & the Victorian Army

Queen Victoria's Army served all over the world. But what did their wives do? Did their role change during the 19th Century? Dan Allen of the Victorian Military Society gives us an insight into life for soldiers’ wives & children in Victorian times at home & abroad.  ...
10 Feb
19:30 - 21:30
Newbury Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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