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

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.

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.