The UK’s leading museum of food, farming and the countryside reopens in Reading after £3.3 million redevelopment

19 October 2016

The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, the country’s first and most extensive museum dedicated to agriculture and rural life reopens after  a £3.3 million redevelopment programme with £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Housing an internationally recognised collection of over one million items, the Museum was established in 1951 and grew out … Read More

Focus on town as Reading Writers launches latest anthology

10 October 2016

Creative writing group Reading Writers is launching its latest collection of work next month as part of Reading in Reading month, under the title Tales from our Town. The book is also a celebration of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016. The anthology is an established tradition for the group, which has been inspiring writers in … Read More

Reading’s creative businesses to pitch to the UK’s biggest cultural brands

6 October 2016

Interface: digital ‘speed-dating’ from Shakespeare’s Globe Shakespeare’s Globe, in partnership with Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, and Reading UK CIC, are bringing Interface 2016 to Reading on 24 November. The event will see major names in UK culture such as BAFTA, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate, come to Reading with real commissioning … Read More

The peace which passes all understanding – Robert Fitzmaurice solo exhibition

5 October 2016

Paintings, prints and mixed media exploring the concepts and imagery of peace for our times 6 – 16 December 2016, 1-7pm daily except Monday 12 December, OpenHand Open Space Open evening with artist’s talk: 6-8pm Thursday 8 December This exhibition, which forms part of Reading’s Year of Culture, reflects upon our complex attitudes towards peace. … Read More

Bringing art to launderettes

5 October 2016

Mahlia Amatina, a conceptual artist from Reading, has been selected to receive funding from Reading’s Cultural and Educational Partnership for her participation in the ‘Art in Unusual Places’ initiative during the town’s Year of Culture celebrations. Amatina is in the process of developing an art installation of 80 washing line photos from 80 different countries – … Read More

Julia Jarman – The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle

5 October 2016

Saturday 29 October – 14:00 – 15:00 Author Julia Jarman talks about The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle, a novel inspried by Clleva Atrebatum , the Roman town of Silchester, and artefacts found there, now in Reading Museum. Sponsored by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Please note this event is being held … Read More