Events

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.

2019  events:

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

 

Vote 100 Reading

RG Spaces is running a couple of events to celebrate 100 years of (some) women being allowed to vote in UK Parliamentary elections and 90 years of universal suffrage (when most people over 21 got the vote)

On June 22 and 23 2018 we are running Equaliteas in the Central Library Reading – free tea and cake 2.30 to 4.30pm

Click to go to our Equalitea quiz

On the weekends of 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 September 2018 we are opening the Acacias, London Rd during the national Heritage Open Days 12noon to 6pm

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With the help of Mark from @MarkStanleyUK and Mike the Bee of RLab, Reading’s Hackspace, we are experimenting with a GPS sensor to put our @Reading2016 Information Tricycle on
The Things Network in Reading

You can see where the GPS sensor has been (and when, relative to today) and The Things Network gateways that were used, and you can get a sense of the relative SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication)

Select what you’d like mapped

Move around the map to see tricycles in different colours indicating the different gateways.
Min SNR: Max SNR: Min RSSI: Max RSSI: (the closer to 0 the better for RSSI – is the right thing being shown here?)

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Tricycle GPS map


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Click here to see the places the tricycle has acted as an Information Point.

With the help of Mark from @MarkStanleyUK and Mike the Bee of RLab, Reading's Hackspace, we are experimenting with a GPS sensor to put our @Reading2016 Information Tricycle on The Things Network in Reading.

Initially, the box was carried by hand or stationed on the tricycle's sidekick (a Brompton foldup bicycle). Now (from late March 2016)it's mounted on the tricycle for real.

You can see where the GPS sensor has been (and when, relative to today) and The Things Network gateways that were used, and you can get a sense of the relative SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) by the opacity of a tricycle, depending on which map you choose to display.

Select what you'd like mapped
Move around the map to see different colours indicating the different gateways.

ALL: on this map all data points are mapped - fainter=longer ago; the number=number of TTN gateways reached

space for map

Minsats: 5 Total points: 0 Min SNR: 99999 Max SNR: -99999 Min RSSI: 99999 Max RSSI: -99999

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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.

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.

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iMuse

RG spaces will take over the management of the iMuse programme from the charity AACT from Summer 2015. Here is a list of the projects so far.

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  • Tricycle first outing 13 January The tricycle’s first outing – a trial of its logistics at the University of Reading Women’s Club London Road Campus.
  • Reading Year of Culture programme launch 15 January We’re in it and we’ll be there!
  • Information Tricycle Our Information tricycle is now ready to come to events.
  • 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 ...
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  • Reading Abbey site to be reopened The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted £1.77m to Reading to enable the historic Abbey ruins to be reopened.
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  • Reading Year of Culture launched Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 launched on 4 December. You can read all about it on the excellent Alt Reading.
  • Reading’s very own Tea Tricycle We’ve been inspired by the Warrick’s of Caversham Rd Tea Tricycle in Reading Museum.
  • Mobile information point We ran a mobile information point around town with the support of and supporting Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 as well as helping to spread the word about other local events.
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
  • Play Splat Medusa at East Reading Festival Perseus & MedsaVisit 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 ...
  • Visit RG spaces at East Reading Festival 14 June Palmer Park 12-6 Ure Move cabinet doorsHave fun trying out our iPads with interesting stuff that’s right here in East Reading – an artist in the Harris Garden, London Road Campus Heritage Trail, Greek wax tablet, a Ladybird book. Learn how iMuse worked with local museums and schools to create these ‘miniapps’ and join iOpener to make your own trails.
  • 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 ...
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  • iOpener Making trails around Reading and its environs to enhance people’s appreciation of their town and its surroundings.
  • iMuse a programme of short projects demonstrating how IT can help small and medium sized museums and galleries become more accessible and fun – without spending very large sums of money!
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  • Our objects A) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING WITH THE ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING WHICH HAVE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SUCH AS THOSE PROVIDED PHYSICALLY IN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEARNING SPACES AND THOSE PROVIDED VIRTUALLY, THROUGH THE INTERNET, SUCH AS WEB SPACE, AND ...
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  • Our objects Our objects A) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC BENEFIT IN PARTICULAR, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, BY ASSISTING WITH THE ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SPACES IN READING WHICH HAVE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES SUCH AS THOSE PROVIDED PHYSICALLY IN MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, LIBRARIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEARNING SPACES AND THOSE PROVIDED VIRTUALLY, THROUGH THE INTERNET, SUCH AS WEB SPACE, ...
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  • iOpener in Reading March 2015 Town Hall and greek potiOpener in Reading is holding sessions in Town Hall Square 14 and 21 March. Visit iopener.org.uk for more info.
  • iOpener in Reading Reading Borough Council’s Cultural Partnership awarded iOpener £1,090 to extend our trial trail making idea to everyone visiting Reading town centre. See the special project website iopener.org.uk iOpener runs events to encourage people to look at their town in a different way by making trails around town.
  • iOpener iopenerposterA project to encourage experimentation with creating online trails around interesting Reading area spots. iopener.org.uk
  • National Heritage Open Days 11-13 Sept 2014 iMuse is helping the Museum of Reading and the Ure Museum of Greek Archeology show how Reading got such fantastic Greek pots with another mini app based on the one we did for the Cultural Olympiad 2013.
  • Ure move app Here’s a short video demo-ing the webapp iMuse created from material produced by participants in the Ure Move project, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading, 2014. http://youtu.be/yifqxoiD1SI Some pot photographs are (c) Reading Borough Council (Museum of Reading)
  • National Heritage Open Days 2014 – How Reading got its pots Town Hall and greek pot– or “From Apullia to Reading” iMuse is working with the Ure Museum and the Museum of Reading to create a mini webapp explaining how Reading got such a rich collection of Greek pots and how the two museums collaborate over their display.
  • Ure Move app Ure Move cabinet doorsHere’s a short video demo-ing the webapp iMuse created from material produced by participants in the Ure Move project, Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, University of Reading, 2014. http://youtu.be/yifqxoiD1SI Some pot photographs are (c) Reading Borough Council (Museum of Reading)
  • iOpener at #OpenForArt iopener poster at openforartiOpener is taking part alongside our sister project, iMuse, in the 4-6 July 2014 OpenForArt pop-up artist exhibition and events. We’ll be trialling making a trail around 5 iconic Reading landmarks using our mobile phones and tablets like iPads. Meet us in the Oracle, old Crabtree and Evelyn shop, HolyBrook entrance.
  • Ure Move Launch 14 June 2014 Ure Move Launch posterIt is with great pleasure that the curators and student panel of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology invite you to attend the Grand Opening of Ure Move, an exciting project and exhibition we have developed with the charity Access-Ability Communication Technology (AACT) as part of Universities Week 2014. We take this opportunity to celebrate the ...
  • Run 10K for AACT! jogger with laptopWe have 3 places left in the British 10K Run, central London, 13 July 2014. Contact info@aact.org.uk and see link on our British 10K Run page
  • David Neale Project Leder David combines experience in IT project management with knowledge of the charitable sector. He is leading our 2014 project, iOpener.
  • Ure Move Sophie the owlThis project is the third in the series led by the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology, Reading. Working with three local schools, AACT as part of its iMuse Programme, will help to create simple webapps using material created by 16 year old pupils led by a student panel.
  • iOpener Project iopenerposterWe aim to encourage communication between 16-25 year olds with learning/communication disabilities to explore their town, creating trails on mobile phones and tablets alongside same-age volunteers.
  • iOpener Project starts up We aim to encourage communication between 16-25 year olds with learning/communication disabilities to explore their town, creating trails on mobile phones and tablets alongside same-age volunteers.
  • Happy New Year try our Snowball Splat text-free game! snowmanSeason’s Greetings!
  • Splat Medusa webapp released! You can download the mini webapp on your iPad here Splat Medusa
  • AACT/iMuse iPad webapp in Ure Museum for everyone to enjoy Sophie the owlJust come along during opening hours and ask to use an iPad – or you can go to the Library to see the material created by young people and use the iPad ‘wax tablet’
  • Volunteers in the Garden volunteers in the gardenYou can hear the artist talking about volunteering in the Harris Garden here. http://youtu.be/aj9LB4i_zKE
  • A mini-app for an artist’s exhibition .Working with artist Jenny Halstead, iMuse is hoping to demonstrate that a low-cost simple web-app can enhance the visitor’s experience, particularly those with sight, learning or reading difficulties.
  • Another artist’s text-free mini-app planned Jenny HalsteadiMuse is working with artist, Jenny Halstead, to produce a low-cost mini-app for an in-exhibition iPad. Jenny recently spent a year as Artist in Residence in the Harris Garden at the University of Reading, painting and drawing as the seasons changed. Her exhibition in the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, runs from 24 May to ...
  • Launch date for Ure Discovery exhibition set! pupils and animator learning about computer animationThe official launch of the Ure Discovery Project will be on 15 June. AACT/iMuse is partnering the Museum, young people from three schools, including a special school, and a professional animator in this Ure ACE-funded project.
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  • The Stanley Spencer Gallery iMuse project week 2 young people trying out ipadsPracticalities of visitors’ initial iPad usage.
  • Consultancy agreement template NB This is an example of the type of agreement we may require with a consultant. Individual circumstances and AACT’s requirements may alter the format in particular instances. THIS AGREEMENT FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES (“Agreement”) is made on DATE BETWEEN:   (1)           Access-Ability Communications Technology Limited (also known as “AACT” or “AACT for Children” or “AACT4Children”) [Company Number 5538092 ...
  • Responsibilites and duties of trustee-directors This version was agreed by the Board at its Winter 2010-11 meeting The next review is due on or before Winter 2013-14   1. Purpose   This document summarises the main duties and responsibilities of trustee-directors. It is based on guidance supplied by the Charity Commission.   2. Overview   Trustee-directors serve on the Board of AACT and together form its governing ...
  • Accessibilty Accessibility policy This version agreed by the Board Spring 2010 Next review due 2013   AACT aims to provide a website that is accessible to everyone. We design the site with usability and accessibility in mind. If you have any problems accessing any information on the site please contact us.   Adjusting text size  All font sizes are relative, with the exception of ...
  • Fundraising policy Fundraising Policy (merged with the previously published Policy which was agreed in Spring 2010) Reviewed by the Board at its Summer 2011 meeting Next review due Summer 2012   The Board of Trustee Directors (the Board) will act as fundraising coordinator. Fundraising will be targeted to fulfill the mission of the charity, to add value to the work of disability professionals ...
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  • Notes for designated safeguarding person (DSP) Notes for the designated safeguarding person (DSP) and their backup We are a small organisation run mainly by volunteers. While we have named a set of people (normally two) to act as DSP and backup, we do not expect or intend you to be professional experts in the field of child, young person or vulnerable adult ...
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  • Volunteer agreement template This template is based on the Volunteer Agreement proposed by Volunteer England as at July 2010. It may be worth checking there are no significant changes to this when drawing up a new agreement. It is very important to use wording which could not be interpreted as leading to a contract of employment. This includes: ...
  • Volunteer induction checklist This list is intended to help a volunteer and their main Contact to cover points during initial induction into volunteering with AACT. The Role Does the Volunteer have a Volunteer Agreement and/or has the role otherwise been explained to them? Are they clear about their role and happy with their Agreement if there is one? Days and Hours Are they ...
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  • Accessible version of YouTube launched This looks most interesting, especially given AACT/iMuse experience with young people in museums, where video ‘explanation’ of objects seems popular. News Release 14 February 2013 Henshaws College and Jisc launch an accessible YouTube website Henshaws College has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties ...
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery goes live! iMuse partner, the Stanley Spencer Gallery, Cookham, has gone live today with its first AACT iPad installed for visitor use. Chrissy Rosentahl, volunteer and project lead in the Gallery, ruminates on the practicalities of using a shared iPad in real life. We launched today in the Gallery …. Valentine’s Day! Much love…. ...
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  • Stanley Spencer Gallery Stnley spencer gallery interiorWe are experimenting in partnership with the Gallery on new methods of interacting with and interpreting the Artist’s work using in-Gallery iPads.
  • iPads in schools two boys using an ipad togetherWe have loaned some iPads to four schools to try for accessibility and with special needs pupils to increase awareness of the potential for such devices.
  • Working with AACT Agreed by the Board Winter 2010-11. Next review due on or before: Winter 2013-14 AACT does not have its own employees. Rather, it is helped towards achieving its aims by people holding various other types of role. The aim of this short document is to list the Charity’s policies relating to: trustee-directors, volunteers, paid consultants, student ...
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  • Working with AACT Agreed by the Board Winter 2010-11. Next review due on or before: Winter 2013-14 AACT does not have its own employees. Rather, it is helped towards achieving its aims by people holding various other types of role. The aim of this short document is to list the Charity’s policies relating to: trustee-directors, volunteers, paid consultants, student interns, organizations. The ...
  • Current Vacancies We do not currently have any specific vacancies, but are always pleased to hear from people who may like to help, particularly if you have an idea for a project.
  • Thinking about a text free touchscreen interface touch screenWorking with young people from a special and mainstream schools on producing a highly accessible app for visitors.
  • iMuse in the Stanley Spencer Gallery front page of ibookAnn Danks, our gallery archivist, spotted a talk that Annette Haworth of  AACT was giving at Reading about the iMuse work at the Museum of English Rural Life and we decided it sounded intriguing.
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery Stanley Spencer gallery interiorThe Gallery is a small but beautifully formed art gallery in a converted Wesleyan chapel in Cookham, Berkshire, UK.
  • The Board welcomes Lorna Woodman Lorna, a longstanding AACT volunteer has been co-opted to the Board.
  • Copyright as an accessibility issue This is a tentative post because there are complex issues surrounding copyright which iMuse would not claim to have grasped fully. BUT, looking back on what we’ve done over the last few months, and are currently planning in the three museums/galleries we’re working with at the moment, it seems we are being driven at least partly ...
  • Stanley Spencer Gallery teams up with us The Gallery and AACT are working together to try out the use of touchscreens to provide different ways of finding out about the Artist’s life and work. Audio, video, text and images will be available, with descriptions of paintings as well as archive material, including recordings of Sir Stanley himself.
  • Seeking partners Are you a resource-challenged modest-sized museum? trying-out low cost ways of engaging visitors via smart phones and/or iPads etc? or thinking about it but worried by the potential financial implications? We are seeking small museums which would like to try some things out with us museums and groups that would like to explore setting-up a peer-support advisory service Is this a good ...
  • AACT loans iPad to 4th school We have just loaned an iPad to a mainstream school for the first time. The Piggott School is a mixed comprehensive which caters for a wide spectrum of ability/disability. The aim is to try it out particularly in a Library context to help access. You can find out more about our iPads in Schools project here.
  • Ure Discovery young people lerning about computer animationIn partnership with a classical museum, a professional animator, mainstream and special schools to produce a highly-accessible app based on ideas communicated by forty 14-25 year olds.
  • iMuse where have we got to? At the start of 2012, we adopted some ‘principles’ – a rather grand name for a list of things we were trying to do and how. It’s somewhat past time to have look back to see where we are and whether we’ve stuck to these or think they should be altered. Here we go,original wording in ...
  • Mike McMillan rejoins AACT as a trustee Mike, an AACT founder member, has re-joined the Trustee Board.
  • Text-free book cover of ladybird bookExperimenting with a totally text-free app with an in-gallery iPad bound as a book.
  • iMuse in Reading holybrook and abbey arch ReadingThis project ran in partnership, with 600 people trying novel ways of accessing heritage using mobile devices.
  • holybrook walk http://youtu.be/qmTIRHSTFRg Three minute video from the AgeUK Berkshire Historical Walk in Reading along the Holybrook and River Kennet
  • Summer holiday workshops The aim is to have fun in the museum either doing our trail on an iPad (which can be carried, worn round the neck or wheeled round on a trolley) looking at videos and photos of a few of the objects in the museum and/or making your own museum trail. Participants can use either their own ...
  • merl horses cows wheels A PGCE student has done some fun presentations using Prezi. Try them out by clicking below. We’d love to know what you thought so do post a comment. Many thanks. http://prezi.com/facmzzzb3hol/merl-horses-at-work http://prezi.com/cb6kfmifs6ey/merl-cows-around-the-world http://prezi.com/brqfads2ucrd/merl-wheels-in-the-countryside
  • Hanging out in the MERL At Half-term, June 2012, we are just hanging around in the Museum of English Rural Life with iPads, Berkshire Farmer Books and the iMuse trolley. Visitors are trying bits of the trail, with labels fastened with soft tape to objects, QR codes and (a selected few) Widgit symbols, videos showing stuff working, extracts of the ...