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Berkshire Chronicle staff outside the newspaper's Valpy Street HQ in June 1939

The Reading Chronicle Collection is a large and historically important group of over 40,000 negatives of photographs taken by the newspaper between 1938 and 1962. This was a period of great change for the town from the rigours of the Second World War to the social change of post-war immigration and reconstruction.The paper was founded as the Berkshire Chronicle in 1825, became the Reading and Berkshire Chonicle in 1961, and eventually was just known as the Reading Chronicle.

An array of everyday events are covered from football matches to weddings, but more unusual news events are featured such as VE Day street parties, floods, the Olympic torch relay, coronation celebrations and anti-apartheid marches. Over 2000 images from the Reading Chronicle Collection can be found on this website.

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