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Local Heritage Roadshow

Fancy joining us and discovering many other local heritage groups. Then why not pop along to the "Local Heritage Roadshow" in April? West Berkshire Museum, Saturday 28 April 2018, 11am - 3pm Meet members of the archaeological and heritage societies in West Berkshire Find out how our heritage is promoted across the district Discover interesting research into the district’s heritage Speak to West Berkshire Heritage staff about their work Get involved with your local historyRead more

The Story of Greenham Common

Local historian Penny Stokes spoke tonight (26th Feb 2018) on "The Story of Greenham Common." Penny noted that although we often think of RAF Greenham Common there is much more history tot he area, an area that technically is Greenham and Crookham Commons. There was once common land stretching along the length of the southern border of Berkshire, much of little interest or of use for farming. In 1872 one of the biggest military maneuvers took place with over 16,000 soldiers encamped on the common for two days. Two hundred years prior Parliamentarian soldiers would have been moving across the...Read more

Thatcham: In the beginning

There have been Palaeolithic, old stone age, axes found in the area but the first settlement dates to about 10,000 years ago during the Mesolithic period, middle stone age. A series of shelters was erected on a pine covered gravel bluff near the modern sewage works on Lower Way Lane where flint tools were unearthed, as well as hearths and flint knapping floors. Excavated food and bones included those of the red deer, roe deer, wild pig, elk, horse, ox beaver, pine marten, fox, dog, wolf and wild fowl. The Bronze and Iron ages followed with settlements dotted about the area and then the Romans...Read more

National History Month

Welcome to National History month! May is a month where many around the country are celebrating their local history. A few years back we had various events that took place, why don't you start by taking a look at our history facts, viewable here .Read more

Thatcham history tour

Local historian, Dr Nick Young , led a group of 22 people around Thatcham on Monday 24th April 2017. The tour started from Church Lane where the history of the URC, British School, Monks Chambers and the Priory was discussed. A brief look at the St Mary's Church took in some of the construction and people as well as a nearby moated site. The tour then looked at the Broadway where Saxon settlement and some historic road names were discussed. Moving along the A4 the Nine Shilling Houses, Dinky Stores and more were talked about. The tour ended at the Old Bluecoat School where the group were...Read more

Report of Speaker Events 2016

25 th January 2016: AGM The year started well with the usual AGM and Member’s Social. Despite cold weather it was well attended. The Society’s accounts showed a small profit, and the previous year’s events were reviewed. Ray Asher, one of the Society’s longest standing members, was made an Honorary Member. 25 th February: The Boer War Pt3 – Peter Lavarack This was the third and last of Peter’s popular histories of the Boer War, told from a South African perspective. After the victories for the Boer fighters which were covered in the previous talks, this looked at the outcomes of the war (...Read more

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.Read more

Shaw House Heritage Open Weekend

14th & 15th September 2013 11am - 4pm Get a taster of all that there is to see and do at Shaw House during these two days when admission is free. Historic rooms, exhibitions, family activities and outdoor games, the café in the old kitchen and a well stocked gift shop, you can be sure there is something here which all the family will enjoy! See attached for full details.Read more

Cold Ash Heritage Open Days

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2 – 5 pm Cold Ash will be celebrating Heritage Open Days for the first time, with five places open to the public and lots of activities for everyone. A Heritage Trail around village has been organised to highlight Cold Ash’s history, culture and spectacular views from the highest village in Berkshire. Venues open to the public include: St Mark’s Church and Fisher Room, St Gabriel’s Convent Chapel and Gardens, St Finian’s School, The Cold Ash Centre grounds and Mini-Farm. The events are free and everyone is welcome. There will be activities for children...Read more