Meeting notices

WHAT’S ON

25 September-20 December. “Always Here For You,” an exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes, at the Berkshire Record Office. Admission free, during opening hours.

Saturday 9 November. “Murder at Reading Gaol,” a talk by Angela Buckley. 12 noon in the Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library. £5.00. Book via the website, www.berksfhs.org.uk

Monday 11 November. “Behind the Scenes at the BRO,” a guided tour at the Berkshire Record Office, 10.30 a.m. Free but numbers limited; book by e-mail, arch@reading.gov.uk, or tel. 0118 937 5132.

Thursday 14 November. “Pagan Survivals in the Christian Middle Ages.” The Stenton Lecture, delivered by Prof. Ronald Hutton, Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, 6.30 p.m. Admission free, but please register via www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events

Saturday 16 November. “Suffragettes,” workshop with tutor Dr. Margaret Simons, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library. £10.00, places limited, booking essential, via the website www.berksfhs.org.uk

Monday 18 November. “How to Read Old Handwriting,” a workshop at the Berkshire Record Office, 10-15 a.m. – 2.45 p.m. £20, and numbers limited; book by e-mail, arch@reading.gov.uk, or tel. 0118 937 5132.

Monday 18 November. “Daniel Gooch: Saviour of the Great Western Railway,” a talk by John McGuinness, presented by the Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group. The hall beside St. Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, Castle Street, 7.30 p.m. £2.50

Thursday 21 November. “The History of Reading’s Hospitals,” a talk by Lionel Williams. 2 p.m. in the Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library. £5.00. Book via the website, www.berksfhs.0rg.uk

Thursday 5 December. “Reading’s 19th-century Schools,” a talk by Joan Dils, 2 p.m. in the Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading Central Library. £5.00. Book via the website, www.berksfhs.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]

CLIFFORD, Sue (editor). Berkshire Schools in the Eighteenth Century. Berkshire Record Society, £25, available from the Berkshire Record Office. [February 2019]

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]

DEARING, John. In Grateful Memory. Details the monuments and memorials contained in St. Mary’s Episcopal Chapel, Castle Street, Reading, and the story behind them. Includes an account of over 30 men killed in the First World War. Published by the author, £2, and available from him at our meetings. [October 2019]

DILS, Joan. Reading: A History. Published by Carnegie Publishing, October 2019, £25. Mrs. Dils is our President, and there will be copies for sale at our November meeting and possibly December also, at a discounted price. [October 2019]

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.

HYLTON, Stuart. A-Z of Reading: Places, People, History. Stroud: Amberley Publishing, 2017, £14.99. [July 2019]

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]

SUMMERS, Malcolm. Signs of the Times: Reading’s Memorials. Reading: Two Rivers Press, 2019, £12. [July 2019]

WILLIAMS, Richard G. Blount of Mapledurham, Biography of a Family. Published by the Mapledurham Trust, June 2019. £29.99 paperback, £49.99 for copy in a presentation binding. [October 2019]