Upcoming Events

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

The first descriptions of street organs date to the late 18th century, although their design and use has evolved over the years.  Often, the barrel street organ was not just a solo performer, but used by a group of musicians as part of a story-telling street act, together with brightly coloured posters and sing-along sessions.  We are delighted to begin our new afternoon talk programme in the centre with a master of the art of organ grinding,

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Recent and ongoing excavations within and around the Roman town of Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) have shed important light on its pre-Roman origins.  These discoveries about Iron Age Calleva will be described with an illustrated talk by archaeologist Professor Michael Fulford

Date: Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 2:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Archaeological Society BAS

BAS Lecture series. Dr Hella Eckhardt (Reading University) teaches provincial Roman archaeology and material culture studies. Her research ficuses on the theoretical approaches to the material culture of the north western provinces and she is particularly interested in the relationship betwene the consumption of Roman objects and the expression of social and cultural identities.

2pm for 2.30pm

Date: Saturday, 20 January 2018 - 7:00pm

Organiser: The Newbury Society

There has long been debate about which town - Newbury or Thatcham - is the older or more important. This is about to be settled! 

The Newbury Society is bringing together two duelling doctors (Dr David Peacock for Newbury, and Dr Nick Young for Thatcham) who will pitch their wisdom and knowledge against one another to settle a few old scores for their beloved towns. Which town came first? Which is the more important? What famous sons and daughters have they produced?

Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 10:00am


Opens January 24th 2018.

Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

It is a delight to welcome Goring-based historian Mike Hurst to The Centre for Heritage and Family History.  Mike will paint a colourful account of how the Edwardians got around in those halcyon days before the First World War.  Illustrated in colour from old postcards, GWR posters and paintings ranging from transatlantic travel to commuting, pleasure jaunts and vacations.  One not to be missed!

Date: Monday, 5 February 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Learn to cut and decorate window mounts for your pictures and photographs. Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator, Berkshire Record Office, will teach you how to use the correct materials, tools and techniques to make your pictures look their best. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or for those wanting to refresh their mount cutting skills.

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

David Cliffe was born at Macclesfield, Cheshire, when there were five cinemas operating, all of which he remembers.  He studied English language and medieval English literature at the University of Leeds followed by a postgraduate diploma in librarianship.  He worked at the public library in Reading for the entirety of his career in a variety of posts, the last one being Local Studies Manager.  The author of several books, the most recent bei

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Most people remember only the peace women, but Penny Stokes describes the much older role of the common as a place of public recreation and entertainment, from nineteenth-century prizefighting, steeplechasing and military displays, through to the recent spectacular celebration of Greenham Trust's 20th anniversary.