Reading Museum will close for the holidays on Saturday 21 December 2019 at 5pm and, as it does not open on Sundays or Mondays, it will re-open at 10am on Thursday 2 January 2020. The museum shop and Town Hall reception will also close during this period.
People living near the University of Reading (UoR) think that the university and its students are causing parking problems, damaging local communities by demanding more houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), littering and causing late-night disturbances. The Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) have released the analysis of a consultation they ran this year to see what residents really thought about living next to the University.
Limestone figurine of a horse 750- 650 BC, Cypro-archaic I period. Image courtesy of the Ure Museum (c) University of Reading.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus houses many ancient Cypriot artefacts collected by Ellen Barry at the end of the nineteenth century. Ellen Barry was the daughter of William Exall, a partner at the former Katesgrove Lane ironworks Barrett, Exall and Andrewes. Her mother was Frances Mary Andrewes, who was a sister of another partner in the same business, Charles Andrewes.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.
Robert Cox, Simone Illger and John Bayes of NARA outside St Patricks New Court
Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) have launched a consultation to ask people living near the University of Reading (UoR) Whiteknights campus about their experiences of living near the university and its students.
‘Machine Gaze’ by Rachel Wyatt. Image courtesy of the University of Reading School of Art.
The Reading University School of Art has opened its degree show to the public this week. The ‘Error 404’ show is an eclectic vision of the sparkling imaginations of the University’s young artists; this year’s show was more upbeat and personable than the introspective emotional torment that seemed de rigueur in previous years.
The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.
Last year, the Reading half marathon was called off at short notice because of treacherous, icy conditions on the roads. The weather remains unpredictable this year; Reading may have had some of its best summer weather in February!
Reading University hosted its second community forum at the Chancellor’s building on their Whiteknights campus on 29 January. An estimated 60 people attended the forum. They complained about the anti-social behaviour of university students which included late-night noise and drunkenness, public urination, property damage and intimidation.
The Redlands neighbourhood policing team will hold a East Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday 6 September at 7.00pm at Reading University Students’ Union at Reading University’s Whiteknights Campus.
Reading University Dramatic Society’s (RUDS) captivating new musical leads us into an imaginary end-of-the-world scenario. A long-lost letter which foresees the doom and destruction of the planet is discovered – is a devastating meteor on its way?
This year’s Whiteknights Studio Trail takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June and includes three artists, Carole Stephens, Linda Saul and Mark Ripley who are exhibiting at Christ Church (venue 22), the closest venue to the Whitley Pump.