Upcoming Events

Date: Monday, 1 March 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group

An online talk given by Edwin Trout. Focussed on the provision of wells and pumps in the evolving water supply network of the Thames and Chilterns. Featuring many items both practical and beautiful, and often overlooked as we pass by on our journeys through the landscape. Free to attend - go to the BIAG website for the Zoom meeting link.


Date: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 - 1:00pm


West Berkshire Museum presents as part of its Talking History programme, a talk by Keith Dowen. The Littlecote House Armoury, now kept at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, is the finest collection of arms and armour from the time of the Civil Wars. Drawing upon pieces from the collection, documentary sources and artistic depictions, this talk will examine the production, use and effectiveness of arms and armour during this turbulent period. Keith Dowen is Assistant Curator at the Royal Armouries and author of 'Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars'.

Date: Saturday, 6 March 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Brunel's Great Western Railway arrived in Reading on the 30th March 1840. The history of railway building states that railways destroyed property when the railways were built, and always resulted in huge economic growth for those towns it reached, but was this true in Reading? 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 with the service Reading enjoys today.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 7:00pm


Are you interested in the archaeology of West Berkshire? Have you seen or found anything of historic interest?

Join West Berkshire's Assistant Archaeologist Beth Asbury and Berkshire Finds Liaison Officer Philip Smither to find out about what's known about the history of our district, what to look out for and how you can play a part in helping to collect informaton about the history of this area.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Since its foundation as Newbury Museum at the turn of the twentieth century, West Berkshire Museum has collected and stored objects of local interest from centuries past and present. Speaker Janine Fox, the Museum's curator, will highlight some of the more intriguing treasures and tell us the stories behind them.

Date: Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - 7:00pm


West Berkshire Museum presents as part of its Talking History programme, this talk by Dr Liz Hide. Described as 'the greatest fossilist the world ever knew', 19th century Dorset paleantologist Mary Anning made an outstandingly important contribution to our understanding of early life in the sea. Yet, as a working-class woman, she didn't fit the accepted mould of a learned scientist, and her work was, and still is, not fully acknowledged. Her correspodence with Adam Sedgwick in Cambridge sheds some interesting light on this, and can help us find ways to redress this imbalance.

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


What was life like in the Newbury area before the Norman Conquest? Find out about Anglo-Saxon culture in West Berkshire, including the meanings of some of our local place names, archaeological finds from this period, and the growth of Christianity.

Speaker Dr David Peacock writes, reseraches and talks on thehistory of the Newbury area from the Stine Age to the present day. He is the author of "The Story of Newbury" and of "Newbury Roman Cemetery".

Talks are on Zoom, and cost £5 per household. Attendees must book online by 24th March by following this link:

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Organiser: British Association for Local History

A BALH Local History Hour Talk. 

Dr Charlotte Young will be giving an introduction to local historians of under-used Civil War era sources for research, followed by Tim Hasker sharing a local study on responses in Northampton to the regicide of Charles I.

Members free, non-members £5. If your local history society is a BALH member, enter the discount code for a reduced rate of £3. The webinar will be open from 6.50pm. Information on how to book (pre-booking essential), and more information on the talks, can be found online.

Date: Monday, 29 March 2021 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

A talk by local historian, Nick Young, looking at the history of Thatcham and Newbury over time and comparing similarities and differences.

This is a virtual talk, given by Zoom. The talk is free to Society members and £2 for non-members. Please get in touch using the contact page on the website if you wish to join the talk:


The talk starts at 7.30pm, please join via Zoom prior to this. More information is available here:

Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Gill Blanchard is a professional house historian who will talk on how to use these detailed government surveys to find out more about the history of your house.

Meetings are free to members of Berkshire Family History Society, but a donation of £3 is requested from non-members.

Pre-booking is required on https://berksfhs.org/whats-on/ Full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the meeting.