A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Berkshire

'Founded in 2018 to advance the understanding and sharing of historical information, photos and artefacts about the Aldermaston area. The activities undertaken by the group are: * Maintain the Aldermaston History Online website; * Develop an online archive for members of additional physical material; * Hold meetings to discuss the history of Aldermaston; * Talks on relevant historical topics ...'

'Founded in 1871 ... The Society exists to explore, care and promote the Historic Environment of the past and present county of Berkshire. This will therefore also include those parts of Berkshire which became parts of other counties in 1974. The Historic Environment includes the archaeology, culture, history, and architecture of the county ... Everybody with an interest in archaeology is welcome to attend our meetings and join the Society. It does not matter whether your interest in archaeology is new found or long standing. The Society offers activities from regular lectures and outings to field projects and research.'

'Objectives of the society are: * To advance education of the public in research into family history and genealogy, primarily but not exclusively within the boundaries of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire; * To work to promote the preservation, transcription, indexing and ready public accessibility of related records and information ... The Centre hosts a lively activities and events programme, aimed at widening researchers’ knowledge and deepening their understanding. Talks, walks, courses and workshops deliver updated perspectives and help place research findings into better historical context ... Branch Meetings usually take place monthly (except July and August) ... Everyone is welcome — you do not have to be a society member to attend. Each meeting features a topic likely to be of relevance and interest to all researchers. Speakers are experts in their respective fields.'

Category Newbury

Member of the Berkshire Family History Society Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the Berkshire Family History Society Grouping

Category Windsor

Member of the Berkshire Family History Society Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the Berkshire Family History Society Grouping

Category Gardens Trusts

'Exists to identify, understand, appreciate, and promote the conservation of historically significant designed landscapes in Berkshire. Designed Landscapes naturally include gardens and also parks, cemeteries and institutional landscapes such as college grounds. Historically Significant means that the landscape is important and valuable to this and future generations. The landscape’s importance could be due to its age and survival; its influence on the development of taste and fashion; its rarity; its association with a significant person, historic event or house; or a combination of these factors. These historically significant landscapes form a precious but often fragile part of our shared history ... The Berkshire Gardens Trust runs an annual programme of garden visits, lectures and talks.'

Category Berkshire

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'We offer our members the chance to attend our regular events and outings and to receive our quarterly newsletter, as well as being able to share time and information with like-minded individuals. When required we undertake preservation and recording projects and work with local and countrywide bodies to protect our heritage.'

Category Berkshire

Member of the Local History Society Federations Grouping

'The Berkshire Ornithological Club (formerly Reading Ornithological Club, founded in 1947) promotes education and study of wild birds and their conservation in Berkshire. There is a full programme of events, with illustrated talks at the University of Reading fortnightly from October to April and excursions, including overseas visits, through the year. The excursions range from short walks to weekend visits and visit top birdwatching sites locally and further afield. All members are welcome – beginners or experts. Joining one of these trips can be an excellent way to discover new sites, meet other birders and improve your bird-watching skills.'

'The place to come if you are interested in any aspect of photography. We cater for all levels of ability and have an ongoing thriving membership ... We have an annual programme jam packed with interesting guest speakers, competitions and Special Interest Group meetings and outings.'

'The Society is for everyone interested in nature and its conservation. Our aims are to present and share information about the Natural World, to increase awareness about its importance and to work to increase the biodiversity of local wildlife habitats ... There is a friendly atmosphere at our meetings, visitors are always welcome and there is no need to book.'

Category Berkshire

Member of the Council of Christians and Jews Grouping

'Founded to research and record local history ... Meetings are held every six weeks and are well attended, with around 30 people usually turning up for talks on subjects relating to the history of Eton Wick and neighbouring town of Eton, or the archaeology and natural history of the Thames Valley area.'

Category Berkshire

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

Category Newbury

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'We meet on a monthly basis throughout the year. During the winter our meetings take place indoors and are attended by guest speakers, and during the spring and summer months we visit apiaries belonging to the association and its members.'

Normally offer 'a range of events for members and the public ... including an annual course of lectures for new beekeepers, giving them the basic knowledge needed to set up a colony of bees in the Reading area, a mentoring service which pairs new beekeepers with experienced association members, online educational courses for more experienced beekeepers who want to develop and deepen their knowledge of bees through study, and evening lectures giving entertaining and useful insights into the art of beekeeping'.

Category Reading

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

Category Reading

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Rail Transport

'Formed in 1983 with the aim of securing the long-term future of the Slough to Windsor branch line. Fortunately, British Rail did not close the line and the SWRS has moved on to other things. Today, the Slough & Windsor Railway Society seeks to preserve and study the railway history of Slough, Windsor and the surrounding areas, and provides a haven for local railway enthusiasts to socialise and reminisce ... Every Friday evening, members meet ... for an illustrated talk, usually on the subject of railways.'

Category Slough

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Supports beekeepers and those interested in bees in the Thames Valley area. We are an active society with about 100 members who come from all over the world and from all walks of life. Some of us are complete beginners while others have a wealth of experience, but we all share a passion for maintaining healthy bees and producing high quality honey ... We have an active programme of meetings throughout the year for Society Members.'

'If you like collecting stamps and/or postcards then the Society is the place to be - visitors welcome to all meetings.'

'The Society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general ... A regular series of talks by invited speakers takes place throughout the year. We typically meet on the last Monday of the month during term time and have a wide range of subject matter in the talks.'

Category Bracknell

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Maidenhead

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

'The University of Reading's Public Lecture Series is a showcase of research highlights from across the University. Established over 45 years ago, these popular lectures are given by Reading academics eminent in their field and cover a wide range of topics.'

'The Object of the Society is to provide a common meeting ground for the study and discussion of, and research into, history in general, and of the local area in particular.'

'With a membership of 80+ (and still growing) we believe that we are the biggest and best camera club in the Reading area of Berkshire. Our membership draws from many diverse backgrounds and age groups, including a strong female contingent. Whether you're interested in landscape photography, wildlife, still life, portraiture, sports photography or any of the other facets of this fascinating hobby, you will find them well represented at the W.H.C.C.'

Category Windsor

Member of The Inter Faith Network for the UK Grouping

'Our Society was founded in 1946 and aims to stimulate public interest in the area. It is dedicated to promoting high standards of planning and architecture in Windsor and Eton and to protecting and improving features of historic and public interest. We also have a programme of talks and outings ... The Windsor and Eton Society is non-party and non-sectarian, but is not precluded from organising events of political or religious interest.

Category Arts Festivals

'Each year we invite the world’s finest musicians, writers, artists, and local performers to entertain and delight festival audiences, to celebrate Windsor's special place as a Royal town, and to inspire the next generation of artistic talent and creativity.' Normally held March (Spring) and September (Winter).

'The long-established photographic club for Windsor and the surrounding area. The Society normally meets ... at 7.45 pm on Mondays. It draws together local amateur photographers at all levels of experience and ability, including absolute beginners - in fact there's little our experienced members enjoy more than passing on their skills to newcomers!'

'Membership is open to all types of collector from novices to the advanced and the society caters for a wide range of philatelic interests. Our members collect Great Britain, Commonwealth, Foreign, Postal History and Thematic subjects and much else ... Meetings normally take the form of a short introduction followed by a talk by a guest speaker or a display by members on a particular area of collecting, with a tea and coffee break at half time.'

'Provides for its members, a rich mix of competitions (both for prints and Projected Digital Images), workshops, lectures and field trips. All skill levels are catered for and the club welcomes photographers with a range of experience - from complete beginners, looking to learn from other members - to seasoned photographers.'

'The core of the programme is a series of Thursday evening meetings, running from September to April, when talks are given by members or guest speakers. The talks are given on literary topics of general interest – sometimes on a single author or poet; at other times on a specific them. Refreshments are available, followed by questions and discussions which are informal and lively.'

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