Rail­way net­work devel­op­ment talk

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

THE DEVEL­OP­MENT of Read­ing’s rail­way net­work will be ex­plored in the first talk of the New Year from the Cen­tre for Her­itage and Fam­ily His­tory.

Tak­ing place at Read­ing Cen­tral Li­brary on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10, the talk will be given by Paul Joyce.

It will look at how Read­ing was linked to Lon­don’s rail­way net­work by 1840, and to Bris­tol the fol­low­ing year.

This, Mr Joyce will ar­gue, brought im­por­tant eco­nomic growth to the town – and it also paved the way to Hunt­ley & Palmer’s Bis­cuits be­com­ing a global brand.

Mr Joyce is chair­man of the Read­ing Trans­port Group and his talk is the first of five that will take place be­tween now and March all on the theme of trans­port.

The event starts at 2pm and will be fol­lowed by a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion and re­fresh­ments.

Tick­ets cost £5 or £4 for mem­bers of the His­tory So­ci­ety, and all five talks can be booked for £20 or £16 for so­ci­ety mem­bers.

The Cen­tre is on the sec­ond floor of Read­ing Cen­tral Li­brary is Read­ing town cen­tre - the Lion buses stop opposite at the Jack­son’s Corner stop.

For more de­tails, call the so­ci­ety on 0118 950 9553 or log on to www. berksfhs.org.uk

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