The Berkshire Record Society

Registered Charity No: 1027976

President: Mr James Puxley, Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire

Chairman: Professor Ralph Houlbrooke

General Editor: Dr Peter Durrant

Welcome to the website of the Berkshire Record Society. The Society was founded in October 1993 to print scholarly editions of important documents on the history of Berkshire held in the Berkshire Record Office and elsewhere. Our aim is to publish one volume each year and we welcome ideas for new projects.

Before the Society was formed there was no systematic programme of publishing historic records in Berkshire. Yet the county has a rich heritage of written records. The Society has selected a wide variety of documents ranging in date from the middle ages to the nineteenth century as the subjects for its volumes. Eighteen volumes have been published and more are in preparation. Each volume contains the printed transcript of an original text, fully annotated, with a scholarly introduction and an index.

The Society is backed by the History Department of the University of Reading and by the Berkshire Record Office and has individual and institutional members from around the world including many leading university and national libraries.

In this website you will find details of the benefits of membership; how to join the Society and how to order our publications which are available to members and to non-members.

Since its foundation the Society has made an important contribution to scholarship in Berkshire.


Launch of Berkshire Record Society volume 26, Berkshire Schools in the Eighteenth Century, at the Berkshire Record Office, Reading, on Monday 25th February 2019 at 6.30pm.

In 1833 the Government provided the first public money for schools; within 70 years there was a national system of primary and secondary education covering every place in every county. These milestones built on what had existed earlier: a complex patchwork of charity, religious and private schools many of which are now long gone, having left little evidence of their existence. This volume recreates that pre-1833 picture and, in doing so, celebrates the wide range of schooling offered in Georgian Berkshire. Volume 26 will be available to members of the Berkshire Record Society as part of their 2018 subscription. The price to non-members of the Society is 25.00 (plus 2.50 Post and Packaging).


Records of Reading Abbey

To coincide with the re-opening of the ruins of Reading Abbey, Berkshire Reading Society published volume 25, Reading Abbey Records - a new miscellany, edited by Brian Kemp, on 23rd June 2018. Volume 25 is available to members of the Berkshire Record Society as part of their 2018 subscription. The price to non-members of the Society is 12.50 (plus 2.50 Post and Packaging).



An Historical Atlas of Berkshire

In December 2012 the Berkshire Record Society published the second edition of An Historical Atlas of Berkshire, edited by Joan Dils and Margaret Yates with maps by Clive Brown.

Order form for the second edition of An Historical Atlas of Berkshire

Atlas Cover
ISBN: 0 9548716 9 3