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“IS A MUCH MALIGNED TOWN. TOO MANY PEOPLE SEE IT ONLY FROM THE RAILWAY AND DISMISS IT AS A MODERN PLACE…NO TOWN IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND HIDES ITS ATTRACTIONS MORE SUCCESSFULLY FROM THE VISITOR.”

We agree with John Betjeman! We are a small local charity based in Reading. We aim to work with other organisations to help enhance some of Reading’s cultural & heritage spaces (both real & virtual) and everyone’s understanding & enjoyment of them.



 

Current Projects

  • Events

    We attend events usually with our gazebo and/or info tricycle. Here is the tricycle as a mini cinema in Reading Old Cemetery for 3 Bees Fun Day 2019.

  • Junction Arch

    We are helping Junction Arch Heritage & Arts CIC in a small way with the initial stages of this Community Hub project.

  • HolyBrook Gallery at Central Library

    We are working with Reading Central Library to enhance their exhibition space. Local artists can book the space See holybrook.gallery for info on upcoming exhibitions.

  • iMuse

    a programme of short projects demonstrating how IT can help small and medium sized museums and galleries become more accessible and fun – without spending very large sums of money!

Past Projects

  • New Relics for Reading

    We supported the building of this Reliquary, shown in Reading Minster during performances of the play, Henry II, Autumn 2018, and then exhibited in Reading Museum, Spring 2019. Using low cost equipment we created online versions of the catalogues of the relics which had been created by local artists. See http://relics.rgspaces.org.uk

  • Equinox sculpture

    A community sculpture coordinated by Whitchurch based artist Gill Williamson. Hundreds of people creating a Fibonacci spiral on Pangbourne Meadow. We have created the quiz equinox.rgspaces.org.uk

  • 100 pictures of Reading

    Local artist Liz Kelly created paintings around Reading which we mapped. See http://100.rgspaces.org.uk. We showed them at various events during 2018 – and ran a hotly contested ‘spot the spaces’ competition.

  • Equaliteas at @ Holy Brook Gallery

    To celebrate universal suffrage and Vote 100 we ran Equaliteas in June 2018 – free tea and cake alongside the exhibition of an artist’s year with Berkshires High Sheriff.

    Try our Equalitea quiz

  • Vote100 & Heritage Open Days 2018

    Heritage Open Days 2018 – we coordinated volunteers from the University and Two Rivers Press to Open this Grade II listed building to the public.

  • All of a Twist

    Advised by 15 Reading scientists, we co-ordinated an exhibition at the Turbine House to overlap with Heritage Open Days and the new Reading-on-Thames Festival 2017

  • Abbey on Wheels

    This project is being run by Reading Museum as part of the Abbey Revealed restoration project. We helped with our info tricycle going along to events with our tile-painting activity, encouraging visitors to create tiles inspired by those from the Abbey and to handle real artefacts from 900 years ago. We passed the activity on to the Museum who run ...

  • Turbo Charged – evaluation and events at the Turbine House

    During Spring & Summer 2017 we ran project ‘Turbo Charged’ evaluating uses of the Turbine House which is made available through Reading Museum for community exhibitions. We submitted a report to the Museum with recommendations in October 2017. Click the photo to see this quirky nook of Reading heritage.

  • The Things Network Reading

    We joined in this ambitious project to network the whole of Reading with an internet of things free community run network. Our info tricycle one of the first things to be on it.

  • Mobile information point

    We ran a mobile information point around town with the support of and supporting Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 as well as helping to spread the word about other local events.

  • iOpener iopenerposter

    A project to encourage experimentation with creating online trails around interesting Reading area spots. iopener.org.uk

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