Meeting notices

WHAT’S ON

24 February 2018 until 26 January 2019.  Reading Museum and Art Gallery.  New exhibition, “Patrons and Donors: Reading’s Art Collection and How it Got There.”  Admission free.

From Thursday 17 January.  “A Perfect Specimen: Coleshill House and the Radical Lord Radnor” – exhibition at the Berkshire Record Office, open during opening hours.  Details: www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk.

Starting Saturday 19 January.  “Understanding Old Handwriting” – study course led by Joan Dils, 3 sessions, 11.00-13.30.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library.  Booking essential, details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Thursday 24 January.  “Getting Around in the 1960s” – talk by Mike Hurst.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00.  Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Saturday 26 January.  “Merchant Navy Records” – talk by Tony Wright.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 11.00.  Booking essential, details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Thursday 7 February.  “Heroes of Woodley Airfield” – talk by Joy Pibworth.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00.  Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Saturday 9 February.  “Census Records – England and Wales” – a workshop with Tony Roberts.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 11.00-13.00.  Booking essential, details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Monday 11 February.  “Offences Against the Person?  Discovering Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Histories in Berkshire Court Archives.  Berkshire Record Office, 16.30-18.oo.  Booking essential, details www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk.

Tuesday 19 February.  “The Victorian Schoolroom – an Experience.”  Meet a Victorian schoolteacher.  Suitable for adults and children over 5.  Reading Abbey Gateway, 45-minute sessions at 11.30, 13.15 and 14.30.  Drop-in sessions, but booking advised – details www.readingmuseum.org.uk.

Thursday 21 February.  “The Wilts and Berks Canal” – talk by Paul Joyce.  The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00.  Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.

Monday 25 February.  “Church Fonts in the Reading Area” – talk by Rob Stallard.  Abbey Baptist Church, 14.15, organised by Reading U3A.  Details: www.readingu3a.org.uk.

 

RECENT BOOKS

AMOS, Katie.  The History of Yeomanry House.  £2, available from Reading Central Library.  [May, 2018]

AMOS, Katie.  Curtain Up – the Story of the Arts in Reading.  £2, available from Reading Central Library.  [February 2018]

Berkshire Old and New, 2018.  [The journal of the Berkshire Local History Association.  Contains an article by Gordon Cox on the Berkshire Musical Festivals, which were held in Reading, 1806-1846]  £3, available from David Cliffe at meetings.  [October 2018]

BRAY, R. S.  Reading’s Forgotten Children: the Start of Schooling in the Town.  Published by the author, 2003, £5.99.  Available from Reading Museum. [October 2018]

COOPER, Mike and AMOS, Katie.  Coley and Coley Park: an Historical Introduction.  £3, available from Reading Central Library.  [May 2018]

DARBYSHIRE, Chris.  Hugh Cook Faringdon, Last Abbot of Reading.  Scallop Shell Press, £19.50.  May be ordered via www.scallopshellpress.co..uk.  [October 2018]

DURRANT, Peter, and PAINTER, John.  Reading Abbey and the Abbey Quarter.  Two Rivers Press, 2018, £9.99.  [October 2018]

FIELD, Marion.  Reading: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England.  Amberley Publishing, 2018, £14.99.  Available at Reading Museum.

KEMP, Brian (editor).  Reading Abbey Records: a New Miscellany.  Berkshire Record Society, 2018, £12.50.  Available from the Berkshire Record Office.  [October 2018]

LACEY, Paul.  Smith’s Coaches of Reading, 1922-1979.  Venture Publications, £30.  [February 2018]

SUMMERS, Malcolm.  History of Greyfriars Church.  Downs Way Publishing, £10.  Available from Waterstone’s, or the Greyfriars Centre.  [May 2018]