We occasionally attend events to help spread the word about Reading’s cultural and heritage spaces, usually taking our gazebo and/or info tricycle, together with some activity or competition.
Nancy Astor talk/exhibition – Whitenights campus – organised by The Friends of the University of Reading (we provided an Edith Morley suffrage exhibit and equipment)
Big Band Big Lunch – London Road campus – with The Friends of the University of Reading and Ure Museum (we provided an iMuse activity)
Water Fest – Reading Abbey ruins – with Reading Cycle Campaign (we just provided the tricycle in Abbey Gateway livery)
East Reading Festival – Palmer Park – with The Friends of the University of Reading and Junction Arch Heritage & Arts CIC (we provided the whole stand, an exhibition and competition of historic photos of the Junction)
3 Bees Family Fun Day – Reading Old Cemetery – run by Nature Nurture/Econet (we provided a mini ‘cinema’ showing various insects)
In Reading Gaol by Reading Town – the Turbine House – a group of artists (we will provide the info tricycle for publicity)
Heritage Open Days – Cemetery Junction – with Junction Arch Heritage & Arts
BAfM Conference – Town Hall – Friends of Reading Museum
This project is being run by Junction Arch Heritage & Arts CIC who are investigating taking over the Arch at Cemetery Junction to run as a Heritage and Arts Hub. You can read more at junctionarch.org
RG Spaces is helping in a small way in this early stage of the project. For example, our info tricycle now has a Junction Arch ‘livery’ and we shared our stand at East Reading Festival, June 2019, with JAHA, encouraging visitors to look closely at the development of the Junction by studying old photos in our competition.
The sources were:
1 (2016) The Flatman Partnership*
2 (1885) The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading*
3 (1901), 5 (1903),6 (1895), 12 (1910) The Local Illustrations collection, Reading Central Library*
4 (1955), 9 (1940) getreading/Reading Evening Post*
7 (2011) Wikimedia Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. QuentinUK
8 11 (1941) Reading Museum*
10 (1959) reading-forum.co.uk
13 (1893) Wikimedia Commons public domain
[*thanks for permission to use]
There were several ways of deciding which photo was taken before which – most notably the development of the tramway. Initially the rails ran only to the drinking fountain/horse trough at the junction of Kings Rd and London Rd. It ran a single story (horse drawn) omnibus . Then the service became double-decker . Then tramlines were laid beyond the junction , for example going down Wokingham Road and overhead electric cable to power the trams was put up and the horses disposed of .
Other hints as to date include people’s dress, for example the long dress of the woman boarding the tram [so probably before WW1], or the helmet being carried by a man near a car [so probably during WW2]. The development of traffic control at the Junction also helps – especially the police-controlled traffic lights and the roundabout. Initially the anti nuclear-war Aldermaston march went from London to Aldermaston, but organised by CND from 1959 went from Aldermaston to London .
In marking the entries we realised that there wasn’t any real hint on the 1895 photo, which was taken facing the Arch and didn’t show any tramlines, as to whether the lines were there up to the horse trough at the time. The condition of the photo also hinted at its being before the one facing west showing some tramlines . We therefore did not mark down entries that had the timing of these reversed, or indeed those that had  before .
The photo with the Flatman Partnership for sale sign  was taken the first time Reading Borough Council put the arch up for sale. A bit before that it was being used by the Police and you can see the Police signs .
We are working with Reading Central Library to refurbish their exhibition space and make it better known. It now has new spot lighting and hanging system. The Library offers the space for local artists and others for a rolling programme of exhibitions. We are running a small website holybrook.gallery which has information on exhibitions and how to book the space.