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March 2024

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. 
Tue 05 Mar
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Caversham Chalk Mines Visit Booking closed

Chalk mining, dating back to the 1600s, has left a vast cavern system 21.5 metres (70ft) under the 89th Reading Scout grounds. Chalk was a vital ingredient needed to make bricks, one of the industries for which Reading was famed. Since mining ceased, the empty mines have been used as a location to store valuable archive documents during the Second World War and a secret meeting location for volunteer defense volunteers, again during the Second World War. Explore the mine complex and learn of its uses through time in this visit led by qualified and knowledgeable volunteers of the 89th Reading Scouts. This is a rare opportunity to take part in an exceptional event. The ticket price includes a substantial donation to the 89th Scouts. Numbers are limited.
Tue 05 Mar
19:00 - 21:00
Caversham Chalk Mines
Caversham, Berkshire - exact location will be confirmed beforehand
£20.00

A History of Wargrave

The village of Wargrave is on the Berkshire bank of the river Thames between Reading and Henley. The parish includes the hamlets of Crazies Hill and Hare Hatch. Recorded in the Domesday Survey, the talk will look at people, places and events from over 900 years of its history. The story includes kings, queens and bishops, village benefactors, farmers and many others - some well-known, others less so. The impact of forward-thinking villagers, national events, and its growth in the 19th and 20th centuries will be illustrated with photographs from the last 150 years. This is the last of three talks in the Around Reading Talks Series.
Thu 07 Mar
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

Education c.1860 – c.1914 Workshop

Discover how the provision for education for our English ancestors was transformed between 1860 and the start of the First World War. After 1870, schools run by local elected boards (Board Schools) supplemented those founded by religious bodies; in turn in 1902, schools became council schools administered by local education authorities (LEAs). Throughout the period, teacher training was improved, the school syllabus developed and pupil numbers increased until, in the 1890s, compulsory free schooling was provided for most children. Our tutor is the eminent social historian Joan Dils.
Sat 09 Mar
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£10.00

Coal Mining Ancestors Course

Coal was an important part of Britain's history and many families have some involvement in the industry but what did they do? What was it like to work in the Victorian collieries and how did it change in the 20th century? Who were the miners and how did they live and where? What role did the Miner's Unions play in the life of the collieries and what was the 'Miner's Welfare'? Where do you look for more information about the miners in your family ? Find out more in this short two-week course. Two sessions: March 11th and 18th - both sessions 7 - 9pm
Mon 11 Mar
19:00 - 21:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£20.00

Douai Abbey Visit

Join Abbot Geoffrey Scott, Librarian and Archivist at Douai Abbey, for a look around their library and archive building. Housed here are records from the monastic communities' earlier libraries in Paris (from 1615) and Douai (from 1818) in France, and Woolhampton (from 1903). Abbot Geoffrey will be pointing out material relating to Berkshire families during this special visit.
Thu 21 Mar
10:30 - 12:00
Douai Abbey
Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Reading, Berkshire RG7 5TQ
£5.00

The Battle of Britain

In 1940, Britain stood alone following the fall of France. With the German army poised across the channel, only the RAF could prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining the air supremacy needed to successfully mount the expected invasion. Historian Richard Marks will look at how the RAF’s systems and equipment allowed them to prevent the invasion. This talk is the last of three in the Winter Potpourri online talks series.
Thu 21 Mar
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
April 2024

April 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. 
Tue 02 Apr
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Houses & Estates Talks Series

This all series ticket covers all three talks in the "Houses & Estates" talks series, for the discounted price of £12.50 (members £10.00). You may also book each talk individually - see each separate event page. All three talks are on Thursdays at 2pm in The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading. They last about an hour with time for questions and discussion afterwards. Tea, coffee and cake after the talk is included in the price.
Thu 11 Apr
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£12.50

Tilehurst’s Big Houses: Dellwood, The Laurels & Kentwood

This is the first of three talks in the Houses and Estates Talks Series. The other talks take place on 9th May and 13th June. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price.  In this first talk, Katie Amos, Local Studies Lead for Reading Library, will be taking a look at three properties - Dellwood, an ex-maternity and care home, The Laurels, now the infant department of Park Lane School, and Kentwood Farmhouse, now flats. Each used to be a private house. Katie will reveal the tragedies, scandals and stories behind each one.
Thu 11 Apr
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

DNA Special Interest Group

This special interest discussion group is aimed at those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results. It is facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. Sessions are held quarterly, but there is no obligation to attend on a regular basis. First time attendees are always welcomed. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and to gain and share ideas for how you can used your results to solve questions and break down brick walls.
Sat 13 Apr
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
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March 2024

The Craven Family

Local historian and author Clive Williams, traces the rise of the Craven family from the Tudor period. See how they amassed titles and enormous wealth, not to mention extensive landholdings in Berkshire and throughout the country.
Wed 13 Mar
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS

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.
Thu 14 Mar
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

Scottish Sources at the Society of Genealogists

In this talk, Sue Gibbons will cover general sources for Scotland as a whole such as: armed forces records, apprenticeship, education and occupations, Scots working and emigrating abroad, State papers and Historical Manuscripts, Commission reports, land and tax records and Wills including inventories and services of heirs.
Wed 20 Mar
19:15 - 21:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

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.
Tue 26 Mar
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF
April 2024

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.
Thu 11 Apr
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

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
Mon 15 Apr
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP
Soldiers out Battle Hospital, Reading

Reading WW1 Hospitals

Reading WW1 Hospitals is a look at the part The Reading Hospitals played in the rehabilitation of the wounded during the conflict. 
Fri 19 Apr
14:15 - 16:30
Bracknell Branch
The New Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU

Open evening

Share your hints, tips, research problems and successes with like-minded people
Thu 25 Apr
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire

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.
Tue 30 Apr
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF
May 2024

History of Thames Valley Police + BAM

Join Dave Stubbs as he explores the origins of policing from the tithing system up to the present day with the changes which occurred over the centuries and how Thames Valley Police evolved to its present status.
Wed 08 May
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS
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