Local Heritage

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Walk: In The Footsteps of Newbury Artists | 19 August 14:30

Sunday 19 August | 2.30pm A guided walk within the mainly pedestrian town centre to see how artists have interpreted Newbury’s buildings and street scenes between the 1780s and the...

Walk: Newbury History Walk | 27 August 14:30

Monday 27 August  (Bank Holiday Monday)  |  2.30pm A circular walk led by Phil Wood, taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, West Mills and St...

Bats at the Museum | 31 August 19:30

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Walk: Market Place and Cheap Street | 09 September 14:30

Sunday 9 September |  2.30pm Starting in the Market Place, the site of the Guildhall, the stocks and Queen Victoria’s statue, and then following a path towards the railway station, including...

Heritage Open Day – Newbury Town Hall | 15 September 10:00

Newbury Town Hall will be opening it's doors to the public to visit the Grade II listed building and explore it's rich history. Download the open day booklet for more information:...

Heritage Walk: First Battle of Newbury 1643 | 16 September 14:30

Sunday 16 September | 2.30pm A two hour walk from the Royalist positions on the eve of battle, through ‘no man’s land’ to where parliament gained a foothold on the...

Heritage Open Days – Shaw House | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Talk: From Villa to Village | 19 September 19:00

The role of voluntary archaeology in uncovering Roman, Saxon and Medieval Berkshire Some Timed to accompany an exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, this...

Talk: A History of Greenham Common Airfield 1941-1992 | 17 October 19:00

Covering the life, operations and highlights of the history of the airfield. Starting with a look back at how the base started as one of a number of local airfields...

Talk: Memorials of the Great War in West Berkshire | 14 November 19:00

Local historian Phil Wood will take a look at the wide variety of memorials commemorating individuals lost in World War I as well as the fallen from towns, villages, churches...

Talk: Thatcham and the Great War | 21 November 19:00

Local historian Dr Nick Young will look back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like...

Talk: Raleigh-ing to the Cause | 12 December 19:00

The Bicycle in Wartime This talk by Tony Hadland traces the use of the bicycle for military purposes, starting as early as 1817. The story takes us many places, including...

Talk: Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | 16 January 19:00

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie....

Talk: In Praise of Apples | 13 February 19:00

The talk by Charlotte Popescu, author of The Apple Cookbook, will include the social history and history of apples with lots of information on apple varieties and the best tasting...

Evening Class: 2,000 Years Around Newbury | 15 January 12:00

An introduction to the history of the Newbury area over 2,000 years, covering a different period each week which will include major events, people and architecture from the Romans to...

Talk: A Peek into the Lives of Berkshire Women during the 19th Century | 20 March 19:00

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where...

Talk: Jack of Newbury | 24 April 19:00

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign, for export across Europe. This left him wealthy and allowed him to...