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December 2017: A step up for a kiss

A copy of the yellow pages aids a small boy in his quest for a Christmas kiss

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November 2017: A Fireworks Spectacular!

A brilliant display of fireworks in 1850 benefits orphan children

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October 2017: Accounting for change

Signs of the Reformation reflected in local accounts

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September 2017: Is that a passport?

Travel documentation in the nineteenth century

Image of US Dance rules 1944

August 2017: Let's jitterbug (appropriately)!

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

Image of Wilder Letter 1829 post page

July 2017: All dinners and ribbons

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

Image of Victory show 1941 poster

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


Latest News
ICT Systems Offline 10-11th November 2018
Essential maintenance means lack of website and email access this weekend
Stocktake and Christmas closure dates announced
Dates now available for when we will be closed this year
Distance Survey 2017 Results
BRO does very well in the latest survey of distance users
Visitor Survey 2016 Results
The results of the UK Visitor Survey 2016 are now available
We're Accredited!
The BRO is now an Accredited Archive Service
10,000th collection received at the BRO
The Berkshire Record Office celebrates receiving its 10,000th accession

Latest Galleries

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

The Berkshire Echo

The Berkshire Echo 85
October 2018: A tremendous triumph for right and justice: Berkshire rejoices ...