Reading Central Library has new opening hours from October 15:
Mondays and Fridays 10.00-17.00
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.00-19.00
Wednesdays – closed
The Berkshire Family History Society have moved from Yeomanry House and are now at the Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of Reading Central Library, which is the same floor as the local studies collection. The telephone number remains the same: 0118 950 9553. Opening hours from October 15:
Tuesdays, 10.30 to 16.00 and 18.45 to 21.00
Saturdays 10.30 to 14.30
and the last Thursday in the month, 10.30 to 16.00.
24 February 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. There is also currently (October) a small display on trolleybuses in Reading.
Saturday 3 November. “Wallingford and its Castle” – a study day organised by the Oxfordshire Local History Society at Wallingford Methodist Church. Details: www.olha.org.uk.
Thursday 8 November. “The End of World War One and its Aftermath” – a talk by Mike Cooper. The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00. Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.
Thursday 15 November. “Medals and Decorations of the First World War” – a talk by David Downs. The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00. Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.
Thursday 6 December. “Putting Berkshire on the Map” – a talk by John Leighfield. The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library, 14.00. Details: www.berksfhs.org.uk.
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]
CLIFFE, David. Picture Palace to Penny Plunge: Reading’s Cinemas. Two Rivers Press, for the History of Reading Society, £12. Available from the author at meetings of the society, or from Waterstone’s, and W. H. Smith’s. [September 2017]
COOPER, Mike and AMOS, Katie. Coley and Coley Park: an Historical Introduction. £3, available from Reading Central Library. [May 2018]
COX, David. A Brief History of Shinfield and St. Mary’s. 50p from St. Mary’s Church. Shinfield. [December 2017]
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.
HAQ, Vera. A Reading Girl in Hindostan. Published in Lahore. The author’s maiden name was Vera Lillian Doreen Deal. Reference copy in the local studies collection, Reading Central Library. [October 2017]
HYLTON, Stuart. Reading in 50 Buildings. Amberley Publishing, £14.99. Available from Waterstone’s, Reading. [October 2017]
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]
MACKAY, Duncan. Whispers of Better Things: Green Belts to National Trust. Two Rivers Press, £12.00. (the Hill family, including Arthur Hill, and Reading benefactor, and Octavia, founder of the National Trust) Available from Waterstone’s, Reading. [December 2017]
SUMMERS, Malcolm. History of Greyfriars Church. Downs Way Publishing, £10. Available from Waterstone’s, or the Greyfriars Centre. [May 2018]
WOOD, Dennis. Views from the Hill: The Story of Whitley. Scallop Shell Press, £18. May be ordered viawww.scallopshellpress.co.uk. [November 2017]