All posts by Annette Haworth

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Risk Assessments

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All of a Twist

We are co-ordinating an exhibition (2-15 September) at the Turbine House to overlap with national Heritage Open Days and the new Reading-on-Thames Festival. Inspired by the turbines themselves and advised by around a dozen Reading-based scientists, the exhibition will take a light-hearted look at twisty-turny stuff in, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers. The exhibits’ areas range from twisting for strength (wool, rope…), twisting in nature from DNA, spirogyra, willow and natural twists, the river flow itself, Reading as Tornado Alley, red kites soaring, rowing & paddling and of course the river as a source of power from the Abbey watermill to turbines past, present and future.

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Abbey on Wheels

This project is being run by Reading Museum as part of the Abbey Revealed restoration project – due to complete late Summer 2018. We are helping 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.

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Turbo Charged kicks off

Creative Xpressions’ group of artists exhibition 10am-6pm daily 8th to 17th April at the Turbine House. A fascinating mix of styles and medium – glass, light, textile, drawing and paint. Here’s Lorna using this flexible space as a studio with a work inspired by the turbine itself.

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Tiles

Can’t see your tile? Or left your tile behind with us? Whoops! Contact us to let us know.

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Reading and its Rivers visitors’ book

A visitor tweeted:

…my first visit today. A hidden gem in a hidden corner – will be back!

809 people visited our Reading and its Rivers exhibition in the Turbine House and the Family Trail around Blake’s Lock during Heritage Open Days September 2016. Here are the quotes from the visitors’ book.

Visited on a lovely sunny day – most interesting and enjoyable
Very interesting exhibition
Well laid out. Friendly volunteers. Great views of heron too.
Very good
Splendid
Great venue. Superb exhibition.
Wonderful
It’s the variety of response that appeals most good work
Amazing so much history
Lovely range of talent.Beautiful location.
Really interesting visit
Nice to see it again
A surprise in an ordinary day thank you
History revisited
Very inspiring range of fab work in marvelous location
Another triumph for Reading
Love it. Familiar scenes and magical interpretations. Always love the work of Carol Stephens Jenny and Rukshi thank you.
Beautiful
Enjoyed the exhibition very much
Lovely to look and learn more about our town
Lovely exhibition in a beautiful venue
Great selection in fabulous venue
Fab venue for some great artwork
Brilliant result from the artists and hanging committee -chapeau
Great to see the building being used and such interesting works. Really enjoyable
Lovely show why only 3/4 days long
Fab great exhibition
Can’t wait to see more – what a find!
So much variety thank you
Perfect venue for this exhibition. Lovely work
Very impressed
Wonderful images set in amazing place
Interesting exhibition and venue thank you
Really enjoyed finding out about a very historic part of Reading
Fabulous thank you
Lovely thank you (the heron and the kingfisher were an added bonus)
Great Reading show in a brilliant exhibition space
creative stuff by many names that we recognise thank you
What a find. I’ll be back thank you
beautiful and inspiring lovely exhibition in great venue thank you
Really interesting range of art
Many thanks everyone X
So great to see this wondrous space full of art work celebrating the area and representing so many artists in Reading
Lovely artistic work. Good trail to keep the kids occupied
Interesting and scenic view of the lock
Incredible building. Very interesting themed art collection. Wish I could afford!

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The Things Network Reading

RG Spaces is joining in this ambitious project to create a community led infrastructure covering the whole of Reading. Artists, entrepreneurs, students, hobbyists and everyone will be able to try out innovative Internet of Things projects. TTN Reading has loaned us a GPS tracking box which you can see on the back of the information tricycle. We are looking into adding further sensors to monitor environmental information as a fun and lowcost way of demonstrating the use of this new addition to Reading’s virtual space.

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GPS around Reading

We are experimenting with The Things Network Reading on putting the information tricycle onto the ‘Internet of Things’. You may see us with a plastic box on the back of the tricycle – this is testing out sending the tricycle’s position to the network, and from that to our map. Click the map to get the most recent info.

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With the help of Mark from @MarkStanleyUK and Mike the Bee of RLab, Reading’s Hackspace, we are experimenting with a GPS sensor to put our @Reading2016 Information Tricycle on
The Things Network in Reading

You can see where the GPS sensor has been (and when, relative to today) and The Things Network gateways that were used, and you can get a sense of the relative SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication)

Select what you’d like mapped

Move around the map to see tricycles in different colours indicating the different gateways.
Min SNR: Max SNR: Min RSSI: Max RSSI: (the closer to 0 the better for RSSI – is the right thing being shown here?)

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Tricycle GPS map


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Click here to see the places the tricycle has acted as an Information Point.

With the help of Mark from @MarkStanleyUK and Mike the Bee of RLab, Reading's Hackspace, we are experimenting with a GPS sensor to put our @Reading2016 Information Tricycle on The Things Network in Reading.

Initially, the box was carried by hand or stationed on the tricycle's sidekick (a Brompton foldup bicycle). Now (from late March 2016)it's mounted on the tricycle for real.

You can see where the GPS sensor has been (and when, relative to today) and The Things Network gateways that were used, and you can get a sense of the relative SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) by the opacity of a tricycle, depending on which map you choose to display.

Select what you'd like mapped
Move around the map to see different colours indicating the different gateways.

ALL: on this map all data points are mapped - fainter=longer ago; the number=number of TTN gateways reached

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Minsats: 5 Total points: 0 Min SNR: 99999 Max SNR: -99999 Min RSSI: 99999 Max RSSI: -99999

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Tricycle & Sumer is icumen in

The tricycle as music stand and rain cover at the Exercise Book, Palmer Park, 30th January 2016. A snippet of the work by Professor Martin Harry, Oxford University, some of it based on the first ‘pop’ (i.e. not ecclesiastical) written work – composed by the monks of Reading Abbey – a great Reading space! – around 1250. 100 runners did a 5K around the Park to tracks from the work – downloaded to their smartphones and played by a live wind band in the stadium. Wind was a bit of a problem – hence the human health and safety device anchored to the tricycle’s umbrella. Remember, you heard this use of a tricycle here first. Should we aim for 101 uses of a tricycle?

Hear a snippet of the piece – trumpet soloist with an echoing trumpet in the stands. Don’t forget to turn your sound on!

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Information Tricycle

Inspired by Warricks of Caversham Road Tea Tricycle, now in Reading Museum, we’ll be bringing our ‘Information Tricycle’ to events and public spaces throughout 2016 in support of Reading’s Year of Culture. This will display information about what’s on in a fun, friendly and flexible way as the year progresses.

The tricycle can be used as a ‘traditional’ delivery box, or extended to form a showcase for event information.

Tricycle outside St Barts Theatre

Tricycle and Mayor

Contact the tricycle if you’d like it to be at your event. It’s free!

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Blake's Lock

RG Spaces @ The Turbine House 8-11 September 2016

As part of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 and to coincide with National Heritage Open Days we are mounting a specially selected art exhibition ‘Reading and its Rivers’ together with special Reading-based books by Two Rivers Press, special deals at Bel and the Dragon and a special family trail. Step out over the river Kennet in the Turbine House and explore this little nook of Reading heritage along with great art and great coffee.

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Reading’s very own Tea Tricycle

Inspired by Warricks of Caversham Road Tea Tricycle, now in Reading Museum, we’ll be bringing our ‘Information Tricycle’ to events and public spaces throughout 2016 in support of Reading’s Year of Culture. This will display information about what’s on in a fun, friendly and flexible way as the year progresses. Contact the tricycle if you’d like it to be at your event. It’s free! 

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Mobile information point

This project runs from January-December 2016.

We’re running a mobile information point around town supporting Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 as well as helping to spread the word about all local events. The tricycle, plus a person, is available to come to events or public spaces, free of charge. It is designed to resemble a traditional delivery tricycle, but will also fold out to create a larger display space when parked.

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Tricycle A6 card

Tricycle and Mayor

For more information, you can contact us using this form.

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Reading in top 16% of UK Heritage Index

The RSA (Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce) has published a heritage index map. The index and interactive maps are a resource to help people better understand their local heritage. They are part of a broader RSA project on Heritage, Place and Identity that aims to use heritage in order to achieve a place’s social and economic aspirations.

We in Reading should be chuffed that our ‘much maligned town’ is actually in the top 16% overall AND in the top 2% for Museums, Archives and Artefacts and in the top 8% for the Historic Built Environment.

You can see more at:

 https://www.thersa.org/action-and-research/rsa-projects/public-services-and-communities-folder/heritage-and-place/England/

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Highest ever Splat Medusa score

Our tent at the Festival was buzzing with visitors – and one scored a straight 100 on Splat Medusa, a record. We also had dozens of Ure Museum mugs painted, lots of interest in the East Reading Connections stand, the London Road Heritage Trail, Ladybird Book and Artist in the Harris Garden mini-apps. Thanks to the Festival organisers for a good day. You can play splat.imuse.org.uk from the comfort of your own iPad (or even PC) if you’d like some practice.

iMuse & iOpener move to RG spaces

The iMuse and iOpener programmes run by the charity Access-Ability Communications Technology (AACT) are moving to RG spaces in Summer 2015. iMuse works with museums and galleries locally to seek lowcost ways of using mobile phones and tablets to make visits more fun and accessible for everyone. iOpener is experimenting with making online trails and encouraging people to make their own around Reading.

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Policies, risk assessments & other documentation

  

Our objects

A) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING WITH THE ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING WHICH HAVE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SUCH AS THOSE PROVIDED PHYSICALLY IN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEARNING SPACES AND THOSE PROVIDED VIRTUALLY, THROUGH THE INTERNET, SUCH AS WEB SPACE, AND OTHER MEDIA THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE;
B) THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING THE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WORK OF READING-BASED ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE THESE AIMS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE;
C) THE BEAUTIFICATION OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE.

Our objects

Our objects

A) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING WITH THE ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING WHICH HAVE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SUCH AS THOSE PROVIDED PHYSICALLY IN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEARNING SPACES AND THOSE PROVIDED VIRTUALLY, THROUGH THE INTERNET, SUCH AS WEB SPACE, AND OTHER MEDIA THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE;
B) THE ADVANCEMENT OF ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING THE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WORK OF READING-BASED ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAVE THESE AIMS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE;
C) THE BEAUTIFICATION OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT THROUGH THE PROVISION OF HUMAN, TECHNICAL AND OTHER RESOURCES, GRANTS AND OTHER FINANCE.