Vote100 & Heritage Open Days 2018

Saturday and Sunday 8,9 and 15,16 September 2018 12noon-6pm FREE!

Acacias, University of Reading London Rd Campus (enter by Crown Street – free car parking)

We are working with several University-related organisations and the Two Rivers Press, opening up the Acacias on London Road during the national Heritage Open Days in September, with a particular emphasis on Edith Morley, the country’s first female professor 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.

*Please note – there are a couple of steps to get into the Acacias. This should be possible with a manual wheelchair (we can give assistance if needed) but may be difficult for a heavy motorised wheelchair. The Dairy Cafe and the Museum of English Rural Life on the same site have step-free access. Accessible toilets available there.*

See our full entry on the Heritage Open Days website

Map of all Reading Heritage Open Day venues

HolyBrook Gallery at Central Library

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.

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.

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 it as ‘Medieval Tile Painting’ – encouraging people to look closely at Abbey artefacts while providing an absorbing activity.

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.

Happy Christmas

The tricycle is back in Jackson’s all lit up for #LightUpRDG thanks to MiketheBee of RLab and the Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Click the picture to have a go at Tricycle Crush. Three in a row to hear Santa on his way.

Tiles

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

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.

Tricycle in Jacksons!

Our Information Tricycle is in the window of this iconic Reading building thanks to Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Here it’s emblazoned with Reading Fringe Festival (20-24 July 2016) info.

Meadow madness

Lots of fun at Forbury Gardens start of Children’s Festival. Here’s the BFG who has just caught our new Lion.

Beat the Street with the Tricycle

A family using the Beat the Street box outside Bowery District

Earn bonus points with Beat the Street if you find the tricycle with the beat box. Here’s the first family that did it – at The Bowery District during the Are You Listening Festival.

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.

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!

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!

More info

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.

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! 

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/

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.

Play Splat Medusa at East Reading Festival

Perseus & Medsa

Visit iMuse in the RG spaces tent at East Reading Festival Sunday 14 June Palmer Park to play Splat Medusa on our iPads. Fun for all (warning – children are normally faster than adults!). Highest scores of the day win prizes. All entries put into a draw for extra prizes too. Art work by Addington School, Woodley, as part of the Ure Discovery project, 2012-13.

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.