Volunteering Fair

Join us in Broad Street on Friday 28 October anytime 11 to 4 to have a go at tile decorating and see some of the great volunteering activities in Reading. more info

Reading & its Rivers video

Local photographer Nina Hesse very kindly made this time lapse video of the setting-up, viewing and taking-down of our Reading & its Rivers exhibition in the great Turbine House space.

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
Great venue. Superb exhibition.
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.
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!


Family Heritage Trail

We’ve created a trail around the Blake’s Lock site (next to Bel and the Dragon Restaurant). Come along and pick up your free booklet and pencil and explore this quirky piece of Reading’s Heritage. You can check your answers too.

Trail answers

Reading & its Rivers exhibition

23 Reading-based artists are showing works around the theme of Reading and its rivers in the Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, 8-11 September. Open each day from 10am-6pm entrance is free.

Photo (c) Reading Museum

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

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.