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This Month's Highlight

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October 2017: Accounting for change

October 2017 sees the 500th anniversary of the Reformation when the German monk, Martin Luther, wrote his '95 Theses' protesting against the practice of indulgence in the Catholic Church. The resulting call for purity spread across Europe and play...

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September 2017: Is that a passport?

Travel documentation in the nineteenth century

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August 2017: Let's jitterbug (appropriately)!

How girls were invited to dance with American soldiers, as long as they behaved appropriately

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July 2017: All dinners and ribbons

Insight into aspects of life for a married woman in the Georgian period

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June 2017: What a show!

Garden show not just about produce

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May 2017: That's a wrap

Unusual wrapping used to cover a seal

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April 2017: It's an inflated world

Discovery of amazing artefact amongst the collections

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March 2017: What was that name?!

Historic register reveals a rather risqué name

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February 2017: Valentine's Day? It's a lottery!

How a state lottery could change a person's life in the nineteenth century

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January 2017: A Dry Life

Giving up alcohol as a way of life

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December 2016: Charity at Christmas

How a legacy provided Christmas cheer for the poor

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November 2016: That's Conkers!

Why conkers were collected during World War Two

 

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Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol
Biographies of Wilde and Berkshire's Victorian prison

Small Objects of Power

Small Objects of Power
An Exhibition about Medieval Seals

Enemies of the State

Enemies of the State
Irish Patriots in Reading Gaol

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The Berkshire Echo 81
October 2017: Hooting and bludgeons in the fields - Broken Windows - Captain ...