Programme

2022

ALL WILL BE MOST WELCOME AT OUR PHYSICAL MEETINGS. However, a small charge (currently £2) per meeting is
made for non-members. If a meeting is held on Zoom, only members can attend, which is the same for any visits we arrange.

We meet in the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start (rear of the Central Library in Kings Road) or via Zoom (December-February)

DATEPROGRAMME
20th April HENRY I AND HIS ABBEY: WHY READING, WHY 1121 AND WHY THE CLUNIACS?– Lindsay Mullaney
Lindsay is best known as the former proprietor of Caversham Bookshop. Since retirement in 2004, she has undertaken extensive research on the Abbey, Henry I, and his daughter Matilda, leading to her book ‘Henry I and his Abbey’
18th MayTHE BLACK ARTS IN READING: THE STORY OF OUR LOCAL PRINTING INDUSTRY – Paul Joyce
Paul spent his working life in the print industry and is an author, speaker and contributor of railway history for Back Track magazine
June/JulyVISITS – Details will be published in the Society’s Newsletter and on the Society website nearer the date
21st SeptSPENCER SLINGSBY STALLWOOD (1844-1922) – CENTENARY REFLECTIONS – John Dearing
John is Vice-Chair of HoRS and has published books on aspects of Reading’s history
19th OctSAILMAKING IN READING – Evelyn Williams and Richard Stainthorp
Evelyn is a local history author and speaker who has previously given talks on Reading’s industrial heritage Richard is a former Mayor of Reading with interests in heritage, arts and education
16th NovA ROAD OF DISTINCTION – A NOBLE ROAD IN READING: SOUTHCOTE ROAD – Anne Green Jessel
Anne is a keen historian, with a special interest in lost lidos. She played a prominent role in saving the Kings Meadow Baths in Reading
14th Dec Presidential Address: EARLEY IN THE 19TH CENTURY – Joan Dils ( via ZOOM)
Joan has long been interested in the history of the Borough. She recently wrote ‘Reading: a history’. She is currently the President of the Society.