Upcoming Events

Date: Monday, 24 February 2020 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

A talk by Derek Brown about the Brown family in Thatcham. The family had their fingers in many pies, including wood turning and motor engineering.

Members free, non-members £2. Refreshments available at a small extra charge. The sixth form block can be found behind the main school buildings, on the left.

Visit www.thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk for more information

Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Local historian Chris Darbyshire presents a talk about the medieval church of St Mary the Virgin, Startfield Mortimer, which was demolished in 1866 to be replaced by the present parish church in 1869.

A free drop in event, booking not neccessary.


Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


This talk by Charlotte Booth uses previously unstudied archival material to identify missing and damaged ancient Egyptian monuments and consider the potential for reconstruction of such lost inscriptions. Charlotte Booth is a freelance Egyptologist with a PhD from the University of Birmingham on the study of archival squeezes of Egyptian monuments.

Tickets £5, book online https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/heritage_events.html or at the Museum (01635 519562)

Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 - 7:55pm

Organiser: Hungerford Historical Association

Colin Pawson presents a lively talk on the golden age of the coaches, and the role of the 'Tootlers' who called for the changes, and for toll gates to be opened as the coaches progressed across the country.

Members free, non-members pay a fee of £4 per talk.

For more information visit: http://www.hungerfordhistorical.org.uk/index.php/meetings

Date: Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 11:00am to 4:00pm


Immerse yourself in 17th century history with a day out at Shaw House, where The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster will be taking place (members of The Sealed Knot). Discover what life was like for those who had to take up arms against their fellow countrymen. Witness soldiers training to use swords, muslets and pikes and visit some of the the tradesmen and civilians who accompanied the army. Plus Living History demonstrations inside Shaw House.

Free drop-in event. Free parking on site (car park off Church Road on right before Shaw House main entrance).

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Dr Nick Young's talk looks at how Newbury used to be, with some photographs dating back to the second half of the 1800's, and others from within living memory. He will show how little has changed in some cases, whereas in others, things have changed beyond recognition. Both the views shown and the histories contained will be discussed.

All welcome, free parking, Refreshments, good company. Non-members are invited to make a donation of £3 towards costs.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 7:30pm

Organiser: The Newbury Society

With themes including why Vodafone chose Newbury as its base, and covering the first 20 years of the company, this is a talk by Sir Christopher Gent, who was appointed as Vodafone’s managing director in 1985 and became its chief executive in 1997.

Date: Monday, 16 March 2020 - 8:00pm

Organiser: East Woodhay Local History Society

Mike Robinson talks to the East Woodhay Local History Society about the development of agriculture, with a focus on the local area, its estates and tenant farmers.

Non members welcome, entrance fee £4. Membership of the Society is £7.50 for the year. All meetings start at 8pm and finish around 9.30pm following light refreshments.

For more information, see the website:

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 2:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Sue Ellis talks about the much maligned monarch, Richard III, and why the stories about his murder of the Princes in the Tower may be untrue.

Meetings are held at the Museum, and membership is £15 per annum (Family membership is £28 per annum). Non-members are welcome at events but there is a charge of £3. Come early and enjoy refreshments in the Museum's cafe.

Visit www.ndfc.org.uk for more information.

Date: Wednesday, 18 March 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


A talk by Professor Michael Fulford, who is from the University of Reading and specialises in Roman archaeology. The Roman baths were first discovered in 1903-4. This talk will explore the current excavation, started in 2018. With its modern scientific approaches, remarkable new light is being shed on the history of the baths over the four centuries of Roman rule. 

Tickets £5, unreserved seating. Tickets may be bought online https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/heritage_events.html or at the Museum. Tel 01635 519526