Reading Borough Council, Reading UK and Reading University are jointly leading on Reading’s ‘Great Places Scheme’, an initiative that links several national funders, to promote a significant improvement of arts, culture and heritage activity in a specific location. Reading’s project ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ works across three main strands, aiming to make Reading a better place to live, work and visit, through high quality arts, culture and heritage activities across the Borough.
Reading Place of Culture has finished its first year of activity and with three key strands each working in different ways to ensure that arts, culture and heritage is at the heart of planning and thinking for the town, there have been some fantastic successes. New partnerships have been forged and significant learning has taken place which will inform the project in future years and benefit the wider arts, culture and heritage landscape. The programme so far has fostered new connections between public, private and voluntary sector organisations, supported existing organisations to increase their capacity, delivered new services and fostered new relationships with funders, partners and other organisations. It has also gathered highly valuable research from local people about their thoughts and feelings, engagement and participation in arts, culture and heritage in their town.
Reading Place of Culture – Year 1 report (56 pgs – 2MB)