Historical_Ass May 1st sees the start of Local History Month 2019. Behind this awareness drive into local history and community is the Historical Association who describes it as, ‘…a time to celebrate the stories and heritage of the past that is all around us’. Click here to find out more. Below are some resources to get you started – both national, and local to Heritage Revival.  building_history Building History is a ‘wiki’ – a data base akin to Wikipedia – where people can contribute their information about buildings and roads. Interestingly nothing has been added for Berkshire, however Oxfordshire is out of the blocks.   BALHThe British Association for Local History (BALH) is the national charity which promotes local history and serves local historians. It aims to encourage and assist the study of local history as an academic discipline and as a rewarding leisure pursuit for both individuals and groups.   BRO Berkshire archives are held at The Berkshire Record Office in Reading. The centre is situated in a purpose-built building. It places particular attention to family history research. To get the most out of your visit e-mail ahead explaining exactly what you wish to research and within a few working days a researcher will be able to advise on any a items that may help you in your quest.  
Oxfordshire History Centre
The Oxfordshire History Centre When I was last there I was chatted to a volunteer in the cafe who was developing the audio archive of local residents interviews – an oral history. This is such an exciting way to engage with history – enabling people to link through the generations by an even more direct means. You can extensively search the on-line catalogue. Again, do get in contact with the centre ahead of your visit to make the most of your time.   BerksFamHist The Berkshire Family History Society The Centre for Heritage and Family History is based on the 2nd Floor of Reading Central Library, from where they run talks, events, meetings, courses, workshops. The society also operates local branches throughout the county.   RBHistory Royal Berkshire History  by David Nash Ford is a great on-line resource for history on the county – in particular Reading and Windsor. There is also a list of historic buildings, castles and people of note which is a fascinating browse. There is also a Facebook page with a growing on-line community of over 3000 people. Local libraries Always a great resource for local history: Reading Library Oxfordshire County Library Henley Library Wallingford Library Wokingham Library