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. 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.

A talk on Thatcham during 1968.
A talk on “Thatcham in 1968”.

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 initiate and encouraging research into the history of Thatcham and its 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.

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.

Speaker meetings typically take place at Kennet School, Thatcham but please check the details for each event which shows the times and locations of each event.