As part of Heritage Open Days 7-10 September 2017 we have some extra twists in our All of a Twist exhibition.
|Thurs & Fri morning
||Jelly Tots workshops
||Booking for Jelly Tots workshop not essential but advised
|Sat & Sun morning
||Mini drop spindle workshops every half hour 10-12noon
||Spinning wheel demo from 2.30pm
||Willow weaving demo from 10am
||Dropspindling demonstration from 2:30
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.
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 are running project ‘Turbo Charged’ evaluating uses of the Turbine House which is made available through Reading Museum for community exhibitions. Click the photo to see the latest programme and enjoy this quirky nook of Reading heritage.
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.