Hello and welcome to the Thatcham Historical Society website. 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 have a wide range of subject matter in the talks by interpreting "historical" relevance very freely. Past talks have covered reports of visits to the ancient civilisations of the Middle East and South America, aspects of industrial, transport and agricultural history, as well as aspects of the local history of Thatcham and District. The latter where possible are given by speakers who are involved in local research.
Most talks are illustrated by slides and some have given members a chance to identify (or guess at!) the purpose of certain historical artifacts from local collections. We also organise a day trip each summer to a place which not only has strong historical associations, but also more general interest since we invite members friends and relations to join us. For instance Rochester, Bristol and Southampton have been visited in recent years. An afternoon guided tour of a local town or place of interest is often organised in the autumn. However, none of this would be possible if it was not for the support of the committee, who organise talks and trips.
We also initiate and encouraging research into the history of Thatcham and it's surroundings. Currently we have a group working on the production of an index of maps covering Thatcham from the earliest available, indicating where they may be seen. Another group has recorded the inscriptions on Thatcham gravestones and is finishing recording those at Cold Ash. A further group has produced and published "Thatcham over 2000 Years", a chronology of events in Thatcham from the earliest times to the year 2000 (see image on the right). Copies of this book are still available.
Any member wishing to help in a project is always welcome, as are any suggestions for future research. Such involvement is of course entirely voluntary.