Upcoming Events

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022 - 2:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Tony Higgott will give a talk about brickmaking in the Newbury area. The area was originally served by a number of kilns and evidence of the variety of bricks made can be seen in buildings of the region.

Events are free to members, with a charge of £3 for non-members. Seating will be spaced out and windows opened in the room to provide fresh air, attendees may also wear face masks.

More information is available here: http://www.ndfc.org.uk/index.php

Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Hungerford is one of the few modern place-names in western Berkshire not recorded in Domesday, though it can be traced back to shortly after this time. Hungerford had a market and fair in the medieval period, and had become an important market town by the 17th century.

Date: Friday, 21 January 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Gardens Trust

The Berkshire Gardens Trust is pleased to host a Zoom lecture about the history of Shaw House in Newbury, told through the development and changes in its gardens. The house dates from 1581 and its gardens were once as grand as the house.

Our speaker is Sarah Somerville, the Visitor Services Officer for Shaw House.

Date: Monday, 31 January 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

The first talk of the New Year - our local historian Dr Nick Young talks about the history of Thatcham Town Centre. For more information on how to join the meeting see the website:


or email enquiries@thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk 

Members free, Visitors pay £2.

Date: Wednesday, 16 February 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Sue Ellis takes us on a lighthearted ramble through the history of pubs beer and brewing, with a particular focus on Newbury and West Berkshire, from the time of the Assyrians to the present day. This talk ties-in with the exhibition Barrels and Bottles.

Free of charge, but booking required as places are limited to permit social distancing.  https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/heritage_events.html



Date: Wednesday, 16 February 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Louise and Yvonne Veness ran the Newbury Wildlife Hospital, caring for sick and injured wildlife brought to them by the police and the public. They lived in the Lodge at the Newtown Road Cemetery. Ros Clow gives a talk on using the internet to research the lives of people who lived in the 20th century, people who do not have a straightforward story.

The Club meets in the Cloth Hall upstairs (lift access). Members free of charge, visitors £3. Refreshments available after the talk at the Museum cafe downstairs.


Date: Wednesday, 16 February 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


There is no brewery in Newbury today, but there was a time when the production of beer was a major local industry. The talk will look at many of the breweries that operated in the town, some small, some large, some struggling on for a few years, some flourishing for a few centuries. What traces have they left? Come along and find out.

Date: Monday, 28 February 2022 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

Dr David Peacock will discuss the Legend of Jack of Newbury, the famous sixteenth century clothier of Newbury. This meeting will be held face to face if Government regulations allow.

Members free, visitors pay £2.

More information is available on the website: https://www.thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk/events/

Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Is Richard III the most maligned monarch in history? And is his reputation justified? Sue Ellis takes another look at a King whose lifestory has attracted considerable controversy in an attempt to separate myth from history and re-examine his legacy.

The Club meets in The Cloth Hall upstairs (lift access). members free, visitors £3. Refreshments are available afterwards in the Museum cafe.

Date: Sunday, 27 March 2022 - 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

In order to hold the Thatcham Historical Society AGM in person at Kennet School, in the usual venue of the Sixth Form Room, the date for the AGM has been changed to March - this is due to the increase in Covid cases during December/January 2022. Replacing the 31st January AGM is a Zoom talk. Pleae check the website for any updates.