|3D Printing of objects and buildings from Palmyra an ancient Greco-Roman town, the Ure museum and ancient Greek musical instruments.||1000||1000||Classics & Ure Museum||Printing material for the 3D printing [a printer is already available] of objects, particularly those representing buildings from the now destroyed Palmyra which is being reconstructed digitally – printing the objects gives people (the general public as well as academics and students) a better understanding of how the town worked for example.|
|Elephant Tusk Replication – preventing a Norman invasion||2160||2160||Cole Museum||Replication of tusks of iconic elephant (called Norman)’s skeleton. (for security/preservation).|
|Portable PA System||2100||2100||Catering Hotel and Conference Services||Portable PA system for student music events held in various Bar areas. Current smaller one is heavily used and limited in number of instruments/microphones.|
|Enhancing wildlife on campus||1500||1500||SBS||Bird, bat and owl boxes in the wilderness plus insect hotels and seeding areas with wildlife-attracting plants. Scope for setting up webcams to give live online feed to university website.|
|External Table Tennis Tables x 2||1400||1400||Catering, Hotel and Conference Services||2xExternal Table Tennis Tables that can be moved around to various Bar and Catering patios in the warmer months.|
|3D printed DNA Model||750||750||Chemistry||DNA has a complex structure which is difficult to grasp. A 3D model is a good way to aid people’s understanding. The model will be used internally to aid student understanding but perhaps more significantly it will be used in outreach activities and school visits to aid the public understanding of this fundamental building block. It will initially be displayed at the “All of a Twist” exhibition in Reading and then incorporated into events such as that being run at the Winchester Science Centre and outreach activities planned in local schools such as the session at Marnel Infants School in early 2018.|
|Winckelmann and curiosity in the 18th century gentleman’s study||1925||1925||Ure Museum||Printing 100pp catalogue of public exhibition being curated & exhibited with Christchurch, Oxford. Depending on £ available they would print copies: 200@£1310; 400@£1925;1000@£2985. Each copy sold would yield £10, returnable to the Friends. Professor Smith & Dr Harloe give a detailed description of the project including: "The exhibition, its catalogue, and the learning programme will publicise the University of Reading’s collections and its historic links to Christ Church, Oxford (which founded University College Reading in 1892). Christ Church Library is keen to celebrate these links through this collaboration. The proposed catalogue will both commemorate our historic partnership and open a new chapter in academic and cultural collaborations between our institutions." |
|Large Print labels and tactile maps for visually impaired visitors||1500||1500||University Museums & Special Collections||The MERL object collection has recently been redisplayed and this has resulted in a significant uplift in visitors. Among those groups that are now engaging are Reading Mencap and a number of older people’s organisations, such as the U3A. Although our new interpretation includes much more information than before, we still get regular comments about providing more labelling. We are also aware that we have more visitors with disabilities who might want to experience the collections through tactile maps, or tactile images of the collections. We would like to add that layer of interpretation to our existing offer.|
|Big Band Big Lunch||800||3636.60||Events||The Events office is applying to the Friends of the University and the Arts Committee for funding to support the third Big Lunch event at the University, to bring our communities together over lunch whilst raising the profile of our arts and culture amongst the local community. The theme this year is community and creativity, and the activities and entertainment on offer will reflect this.
The event will feature music from our student ensemble (the University of Reading Big Band), plus student societies (Swing Dance and Circus Skills), as well as activities from the Museum of English Rural Life, the Institute of Education and Chaplaincy. The Institute of Education’s newly formed Universal Voices choir, which is made up of children from a range of local schools will also be performing. We are also hoping to feature a few external performers, who already have ties with the University. The choice of location, on our historic London Road campus, will raise awareness of the University’s cultural heritage to the public.|
|Large wall-print of digital model of ancient Rome for Classics corridor||1350||1350||Classics||Dr Matthew Nicholls’ digital model of ancient Rome is a distinctive element of the Classics department’s teaching and research profile, and has gathered a substantial public following through a current free online course (taken by 12.500 people around the world). Images from the model are a popular part of our open and visit days, impressing applicants and visitors as well as current students, but are limited to relatively small posters and banners which cannot fully showcase the size and detail of this project. As part of an overhaul of the Classics corridor’s decoration we would like to design and print a very large wall-size image of ancient Rome from this model as an eye-catching ‘welcome’ to our corridor, in the same way that several other depts. around the university have large-scale visual displays illustrating their work. I attach an image of the wall in question (whose notice boards will become redundant when the adjacent support centre moves this summer) and also of the Rome model, from which a very high-resolution zoomed-in view will be used to create a wall print.|
|Trophy cabinet||1914||1914||RUSU||To fund the purchase of a Trophy display cabinet for the University Boathouse. There is currently nowhere to display the trophies and awards that the Boat Club achieves. These range from awards such as the most dedicated club (awarded by RUSU) as well as a Boat club blazer dating back to the 1925/26 season, the year the University gained it Royal charter.|
|Develop a New Area of the Garden||150||300||Friends of Harris Garden||To help [in conjunction with the Friends of the Harris Garden] to create a new area of the Garden.|
|MERL Garden||4000||4000||Museum of English Rural Life||To develop further the visitor’s experience in the garden we would like to furnish the shepherd’s hut with traditional shepherding and contemporary shepherding materials. This will provide an introduction into the history shepherding and an opportunity to handle objects that help visitors investigate how wool is transformed from a fleece into a jumper.
The garden boasts very varied planting of flowers, shrubs and trees, but offers little guide to visitors about them. We intend to create coherent signage across the garden. These will be permanent and accessible signs. Alongside the individual plant signage we would like a welcome panel to the garden in the style of a traditional village community notice board. This panel will provide information about all areas of the garden, our community groups and how to get involved.
We have been in discussion with Nature Nurture about creating informal learning arenas within the garden and encouraging children to play outside. Our woodland area has been highlighted as ideal for this activity. To transform this area we require further materials to create a mud kitchen and for similar activities.
|Drum Circle||1414||2414||Institute of Education||Make up a full set of African drums so that both University students and school groups can take part in drumming sessions. £1000 from an alumna has started the set.|
|Multi-purpose chairs||2000||7968||MERL UMASCS||Towards 80 multi-purpose chairs for events, school parties, concerts and the new cafe area. Part funding has been received from HLF and the Earley Charity. A chair trolley is also likely to be needed.|
|Great Hall Clock||3843||3843||Campus Services/Estates & Facilities||A clock at the back of the hall to enable the users of the stage (e.g. VC at Graduation) to see the time easily|
|Boat trailer||1000||8000||RUBC/RUSU||For towing boats around the country for competitions and training camps. The current trailer is 25 years old. Students have raised £5000 already.|
|Display system||200||200||Fine Art & Archaeology||Materials for students to make stands for travelling exhibition of residency work at Vale of Pewsey archaelogical site|
|Recording collections-based seminars||2664||2664||Typography & Graphic Communication||Recording two collections-based seminars for wide publication. This project will publish both internally and externally helping enhance the department and University's outreach as well as its academic aims. See https://vimeo.com/245363946|
|Office & Kitchen refurbishment||1001||1001||University Chaplaincy||(a) £265 Kitchen equipment for students, societies & Univ. staff to prepare their own food & use by participants in bread baking activities; (b) Office equipment (PC £512.32 Microsoft Office £59.99 Printer £163.68) for chaplains and the Chaplaincy administrator, facilitating better interaction with students and staff (posters etc)|