Upcoming Events

Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Compared to other counties in the 19th century, why is so little written about women in West Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where can we find out more about them. A talk by professional genealogist, Lin Ricketts, to tie-in with International Women's Day, held earlier this month. 

Tickets £5 per person, all seating is un-reserved and non-refundable. Book online or at the Museum.

For more information or to book, see the website:https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/heritage_events.html

Date: Monday, 25 March 2019 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

The Tootlers, who give demonstrations of coachhorns, will talk on the history of coaching's Golden Age, and after.

Members free, Visitors £2. Members pay an annual fee of £10. Refreshments after the talk. All welcome

The Sixth Form Block lies behind the school buildings.


Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - 7:30pm

Organiser: Hungerford Historical Association

Graham Bathe dispels the myths with a talk on the real Wolf Hall.

The Annual Membership fee is £13 per person. This entitles free admission to all meetings. (Outings are individually charged). Non members are very welcome at all meetings and the admission fee is £4 per meeting.


Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Organiser: Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery

Come and visit the cemetery. There will be displays in the Chapel and tours of the cemetery, with a Find-a-Grave service on offer.

For more information visit the website: http://www.fnrcnewbury.org.uk

Date: Saturday, 6 April 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Organiser: Berkshire Archaeological Society BAS

This day school brings together professional archaeologists, archaeological societies, and those interested in archaeology in Berkshire and surrounding counties to har reports about the latest projects. Incluidng news form East and West Berkshire, plus talks on recent investigations at:

Silchester bath house and Nero's brickworks

Dorchester on Thames


St Marys, Wargrave

Gravel pits in Berkshire and BUckinghamshire

River Thames settlement activity

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2019 - 7:30pm

Organiser: The Newbury Society

David Canning will be using his own photographs to talk about the changes at and around Newbury railway station from his first photo in 1958 up to the latest electric trains in 2019, showing how the infrastructure has altered over the years, with stories about working the signal boxes and more.

Date: Friday, 19 April 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm


A guided walk on level ground to some of Newbury's places of worship, both past and present. As well as a brief history of the denominations, this will look at the architecture of the existing buildings. Your guide is Jane Burrell, a former curator of West Berkshire Museum. 

Each walk lasts about one and a half hours, and has limited spaces. Walks start from the Corn Exchange. Tickets cost £5 and must be booked beforehand at Newbury Corn Exchange (address below) Tel: 0845 5218 218


Date: Monday, 22 April 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm


A circular walk by Phil Wood, taking in the Market Place, The Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, West Mills and St Nicolas Church, during which we cover Newbury's history from the Domesday Book to the present day. Pubs, breweries, almshouses, nonconformity, trade and of course the church and canal feature. 

Phil Wood researches, writes and lectures on the history of Newbury and family history. He is the President of the Newbury District Field Club, and his particular interests are the pubs and breweries of Newbury and the war memorials of West Berkshire.

Date: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale for export across Europe in Newbury during Henry VIII's reign. This left him wealthy and allowed him to buy substantial property in the area. Jack of Newbury was one of England's leading clothiers and part of the Berkshire gentry, and led men to fight in the Civil War in the 1540's. His life story was mangled by a contemporary of Shakespeare, but he was a historical figure of national importance. Dr David Peacock, one of Newbury's local historians, will unravel his colourful life story.