We are working with several University-related organisations and the Two Rivers Press, aiming to open up the Acacias on London Road during the national Heritage Open Days in September, with a particular emphasis on Edith Morley, the first female professor in the UK who was also noted for her work with refugees and her campaigning for women’s education and suffrage. The Acacias was a Palmer family residence which they donated to the University College Reading.
We are working with Reading Central Library to refurbish their exhibition space with new spot lighting and a hanging system. The Library will offer the space for local artists and others for a rolling programme of exhibitions. See holybrook.gallery for details of the opening exhibitions starting 12 April 2018.
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.
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.