The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general.

Shared learning

We are getting a lot of requests for information from parents at Kennet School doing the shared learning. Before contacting us please note we are all volunteers and whilst we try to respond as fast as we can you may not get a reply for a week or so. Both Thatcham and Newbury Libraries have plenty of materials on the history of Thatcham.

Ramesses the Great

Beth Astbury
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 7:30pm
This speaker event fell during the Thatcham Festival of the Arts. The speaker, from Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society, gave a fascinating and detailed talk on one of the most well known Pharoahs, the long lived Ramesses the Great, Pharoah of the Abu Simbel temples, with the theme – Was he really Great? Beth Astbury guided us through his life via his temples, the art which celebrated him, and his tomb.

Members day: WWI Remembered

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:30pm
This was a departure from the Society’s normal speaker programme, as we asked members to bring along mementoes from their family’s WW1 history, and to speak about family members or family friends who had taken part in the war. There was an overwhelming response, with more information and artefacts than everyone could look at during the evening, as well as some fascinating family stories, and hopefully this is an event to repeat in the next few years as the war is remembered on its 100th anniversary, as there are more stories to be discovered.

On marsh and meadow: a history of cricket in Berkshire

John Trigg
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 7:30pm
John Trigg is a popular and entertaining speaker and this was a light and delightful talk on cricket in Berkshire, with a fascinating insight into the players and their histories as well as cricket background. A suitable talk for the summer season and to end the first half of the year’s programme. Tea up.

Retreat to Dunkirk

Ray Hopgood
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 7:30pm