Forthcoming Lectures
5th March, 2019Janet HurstBridging the Gap - Goring and Streatley through the Ages

The twin villages of Goring and Streatley grew up on either side of the Thames where it cuts a passage through the hills to make the Goring Gap. The river played a huge part in the development around this crossing place, but other communication routes were important too - Icknield Way, the Ridgeway and the turnpike road through Streatley. The Gap was transformed by the coming of the Great Western Railway in 1840, but one village stood still and the other grew large. This talk traces these developments and examines the factors and people involved.

2nd April, 2019Jenny Knight and Kaye GoughSwing Riots (Museum of English Rural Life)

An Introduction to the MERL (The Museum of English Rural Life) and the University of Reading Special Collections followed by the story of the Swing Riots exploring the causes, events and aftermath with an emphasis on how they unfolded in Berkshire in 1830-1831.