You can learn about the fascinating history of the Town Hall by watching these videos, with expert commentary by Cllr Bob Wyatt. The videos were produced for us by Connor Sharod-Southam (CSS-Media) on behalf of Bracknell and Wokingham College.
There are also a number of local publications that go into more detail about the objects, times and people represented here. Where possible we have identified these on the particular objects page.
Local Historians have over the years produced a number of publications that cover many aspects of the history both within the Town Hall, within the Town and often extending out into the Borough of Wokingham itself. Societies such as the Wokingham Society and Wokingham History Group aim to champion the Town's History and those people who are interested in history and their local area.
Local Historian Jim Bell has been instrumental in helping to add to the information we have about Wokingham. He publishes books relating to historical topics of the Wokingham Borough and can be found at Wokingham Library on the last Friday of the month between 10am and 12pm to assist the public with Local History advice.
List of publications by Jim Bell [link]
List of other local history publications [link]
E-Booklet on Wokingham Charters by the Wokingham Society [link] Physical copy stored at Wokingham Library.
Many of these are available from Wokingham Information Centre in the Town Hall.
Wokingham Society - The Wokingham Society is civic society established in the 1960's aiming to help protect the environment and character of the town of Wokingham, influence local development planning and encourage conservation of historic buildings.
Blue Plaque Trail - Published by the Wokingham Society
Art UK - This is a joint project between the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC aiming to get all of the UK's oil paintings in public collections online. The link leads to the feature on Wokingham Town Hall.
Wokingham Remembers - dedicated to remembering and researching the Wokingham men who lost their lives in WWI.
British Pathe - British Pathe is one of the oldest media companies in the world and their website is a treasure trove of early video clips, the link leads to clips of events in and around Wokingham, including this one of famous female aviator and Wokingham resident Miss Winifred Spooner being greeted by the Mayor of the time, Councillor Albert Ebenezer Priest.
St Crispins School - St Crispins opened in 1953 and included three murals by Fred Millett that were painted over in the 1960s-70s. The link takes you to the story of their recovery.
R.E.M.E Museum of Technology - Museum dedicated to the Arborfield based Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who were also made Freemen of the Town in 1978. Used to be based in Arborfield, now in Lyneham, Wilts.
Wokingham Borough Libraries Local History - Resources for looking at local history within the Wokingham Borough.