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Talk: The Armourer’s Dilemma: Armour and Firearms in the British Civil Wars | 22 June 19:00

By the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century gunpowder weaponry had come to radically affect the nature of warfare. Increasing numbers of infantry and cavalry were equipped with firearms and...

Memories of Burghfield | 25 June 15:00

Do you remember Burghfield in days gone by? Are you interested in local history? Then join us at Burghfield Common Library, 3-5pm Monday 25th June to share your memories of...

Talk: The Archaeology of Lambourn and its Downs | 18 July 13:00

This talk by Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) member, Bob Brewer, will give an overview to the archaeology of the six millennia of settlement on Lambourn Downs (4000BC-400AD) and in...

Talk: The Berkshire Downs | 25 July 13:00

The contribution of voluntary archaeology to our understanding of the past. Janet Firth from the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) will talk about the 1964 excavation of the Neolithic Lambourn...

Dig it! | 27 July 11:00

Drop-in and meet members of the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) and handle real Stone and Bronze Age artefacts.  Become a trainee archaeologist by digging in a ‘test pit’ and...

Burghfield Library: Pop-up archaeology exhibition | 01 June 10:00

1 June - 30 July 2018. A pop-up exhibition showcasing the parish’s archaeology and local history. The exhibition is being created by West Berkshire Heritage - a service provided by West...

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...

Heritage Open Days | 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...