My Talks

Hello, my name is Dr Nick Young. I am asked, rather a lot, to give talks on my local (Thatcham and Newbury) history. Below is a list of the talks I have given over the last 10 years or so (unless stated otherwise talks are approx. 1 hour long). I am also asked now and then to give talks about Heartstart Thatcham, specifically CPR and defibrillators. Please note I am not a medical doctor but having been teaching first aid for a number of years more than happy to talk about CPR and defibrillators.

Thatcham

  1. A history of Thatcham Pubs
    • A brief history of the pub and brewing followed by the main part of a look at the pubs of Thatcham (including Crookham, Cold Ash and Ashmore green).
  2. Archaeology of Thatcham
    • Looks at some of the archaeological finds made over the past century, and more. Finds from prehistoric to Roman, Saxon and upto the present.
  3. Around Thatcham in Postcards
    • A tour around Thatcham from the view of old postcards.
  4. Charities of Thatcham
    • A short talks (20 to 30 mins) looking at some of the historical charities in Thatcham starting from Alice Bye and coming to John Hunt and the more recent ones.
  5. Complete history of Thatcham
    • This talks from the earliest finds of the stone age to the Romans and Saxong right up to the present.
  6. Curious facts of old Thatcham
    • A talk looking at the lesser known facts such as a witch and a hermit.
  7. Echo’s of Thatcham
    • This talk looks through the history of Thatcham from the stories that appear in newspapers.
  8. Historic buildings of Thatcham
    • A talk looking at a selection of the historic buildings in Thatcham, many of which still exist.
  9. History of Thatcham (schools version)
    • A short, 30 minute talk, on the history of Thatcham. Aimed at school children.
  10. Listed buildings of Thatcham
    • A look at a selection of the listed historic buildings in Thatcham, many of which still exist.
  11. Personalities and places of Thatcham
    • Talk showing and discussing the historic people and locations of Thatcham from the well known to the less well known. This includes people from Saxon and Norman times, and right up to the present.
  12. Photographic tour of old Thatcham
    • A tour around Thatcham through the camera using a mixture of old and newer photographs.
  13. Thatcham & The Great War
    • Talk about Thatcham during World War I, what was Thatcham like during the period. Also includes soldiers from Thatcham, those that did and did not survive.
  14. Thatcham Curiosities (a.ka. How well do you know Thatcham? )
    • A talk looking at the lesser known facts about Thatcham. Looks at anvil firing, the pounds, milestones and pumps.
  15. Thatcham in 1953:Just a coronation?
    • A look at Thatcham in 1953.
  16. Thatcham in 1966: Not just the World Cup
    • A look at Thatcham in 1966.
  17. Thatcham in 1968: Not just the Olympics
    • A look at Thatcham in 1968.
  18. Thatcham in 1972: Not just a miners strike
    • A look at Thatcham in 1972.
  19. Thatcham Notables
    • Talk showing and discussing the historic people of Thatcham from the well known to the less well known. This includes people from Saxon and Norman times, and right up to the present.
  20. Thatcham Then & Now
    • A talk based on my "Thatcham: Then and Now" book. The talk discusses the history of locations around Thatcham showing how they were and what they look like now. There are different versions of this talk each looking at different buildings or areas.
  21. Thatcham: 40 years a town
    • A talk to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Thatcham being a town. The talk discusses what forms a town and Thatcham having risen to a town, falling to a village and risen again to a town.
  22. Thatcham: an historic town in a changing world
  23. Trades of Thatcham
    • A look at some of the trades that have taken place in Thatcham.
  24. Thatcham on the record (a.k.a Thatcham in print)
    • A look at the history of Thatcham but using historical records and newspapers. This starts in the Saxon period looking at Norman documents to Tudor maps and then newspapers.
  25. Around Thatcham
    • A tour around Thatcham using some lesser known views and facts.

Walks

  1. Soldiers in Thatcham Cemetery
    • A walk around the old part of Thatcham Cemetery looking at the history of soldiers from both World War I and II.
  2. St Mary's Church graveyard tour
    • A tour of St Mary's graveyard noting the history of many of those buried within the grounds. The walk, if time permits, also talks about the history of the church itself as can be seen externally.
  3. St Mary's Church history tour
    • A tour around the inside of the church noting some of the features and history. If time and weather permits includes a tour around the outside too.
  4. Heritage walks
    • I have now given several heritage walks around various parts of Thatcham. This can just be the town centre or can include other areas such as along the A4 or perhaps just Church to Chapel.

Newbury

  1. Newbury 365
    • This talk goes with my "Newbury 365" book. The talk looks at events within the book that occurred in Newbury.
  2. Newbury in old photographs
    • A tour around Newbury through the camera using old photographs.
  3. Newbury Then & Now
    • A talk based on my "Newbury: Then and Now" book. The talk discusses the history of locations around Newbury showing how they were and what they look like now. There are different versions of this talk each looking at different buildings or areas.
  4. The City, Newbury
    • A talk looking at the history of the area of Newbury known as the City.
  5. Forgotten Newbury
    • A talk looking at some of the lesser known areas and facts about the history of Newbury such as Newbury Castle and the Wharf.

Thatcham & Newbury

  1. Archaeology of the District
    • A talk looking at the archaeology of the area targetting largely on Newbury and Thatcham.
  2. Newbury & Thatcham, an historic comparison
    • A brief look at the similarities and differences in the history of Newbury and Thatcham. Well known locals are looked at along with events and buildings.

Others

  1. History of Lyme Regis
    • A look at the history of Lyme Regis from prehistric and Roman times to the English Civil War and beyond.

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  1. Newbury a world wide phenomenon
    • A look at the places around the world known as Newbury. The talk starts with how a select group moved from Newbury to Newbury Massachusetts. Other locations known as Newbury around the world are looked at and a brief history of most are given.
  2. History of St Mary's Church
    • A talk on the history of St Mary's Church. Was that really what it was called? How is a witch connected to the church and more.
  3. Thatcham in 1967: Going supersonic!
    • A look at Thatcham in 1967.