watch the afternoon Head of the River Races on Saturday
9 March from the Canoe Club, The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TF, and to take tea
there afterwards (parking along The Warren).
Could those wishing to come please let Brenda Morris know by Friday 1 March (Brenda@morrisandfamily.co.uk)? Members are asked to arrive at the Club about 2 pm with the first
race starting at 2.30 pm.
Dr Jaqui Turner of the History Department, who recently advised the Suffrage exhibition in Parliament, will speak on early female MPs alongside a recreation of her Nancy Astor exhibit informed by the University’s extensive Astor archive. Venue Palmer Building. Please book for the accompanying tea which starts at 3pm.
This trail will cover the gate lodges before moving on to describe the background to the Temporary Office Buildings, the Citadel and more recent development of the Earley Gate by the University (Agriculture, Psychology etc), and ending at the site of the Victorian house, Erlegh Park, and the nearby ice house. (Photo from University Special Collections)
Please return to this page in nearer the time for more details and booking information.
Members of The Friends have once again contributed generously to this popular event. Bring a picnic to the lovely London Rd campus anytime 12noon-4pm, be entertained by the student band and dancers or help out at our stall. All welcome and an excellent family day out.
The Annual General Meeting will start with a talk by Professor Shirley Reynolds and Dr Faith Orchard of the Charlie Waller Institute about the Institute and its work relating to mental health in young people. It will be held in Room G09, Allen Building, at 2.30 pm, with tea in the Meadow Suite from 4.00 pm followed by the Annual General Meeting at 5.00 pm.
Full details and a booking form will be sent round nearer the time.
Inspired by Reading’s Victorian Turbine, All of a Twist is an exhibition of the science and technology of twisty-turny stuff under, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers. Thermals, tornados, whirlpools, watermills, willow, spirogyra, towrope, wool, DNA and turbines have all affected Reading, its river dwellers, monks, red kites and now us one way or another.
Advised by Reading-based scientists, most from the University, local charity RG Spaces is mounting this exhibition at the Turbine House on the River Kennet courtesy Reading Museum.
A special viewing for members of Friends of the University & their guests will be held on 6 Sept.
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The Friends will be represented at this event showing a collection of historic University photos. The Shepherds Hut which The Friends helped fund is being unveiled decorated by the Mewes Knitters alongside many other community activities.
Everyone is invited to bring along a picnic, and any family teasures you would like evaluated. See Community Treasures
This is an excellent opportunity to get up to date with the changes the Friends are helping make in the Museum garden.
The Friends was honoured to be inducted into the University’s College of Benefactors at the degree ceremony in the Great Hall on 6 July 2017. Dr Chris Gayford received the honour from the Chancellor followed by a presentation from the Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell in the Acacias.
Our Yearly Meeting will be held at London Road, with a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life
followed by tea and our Meeting in Room L022 G03/4. Full details and booking form will be sent
round nearer the time.
Come and see us or volunteer to help man our stall at the East Reading Festival. We will be
continuing our partnership with local charity RG Spaces to show our heritage information about the
University’s campuses, alongside activities relating to the University’s museums.
The University Events Team would like to welcome members to the third annual Big Band Big Lunch on the historic London Road campus.
They write: “Join the fun as we invite the local community to join members of the University over lunch, to listen to music from the University Big Band and take part in a range of family-friendly activities based around this year’s theme of Community and Creativity.
This event will have something for everyone, with food and drink available to purchase, or feel free to bring along a picnic and enjoy the festivities!”
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of our foundation in 1927 there will be a
Heritage Day event at Whiteknights on Sunday 7 May. Guided tours,
displays and children’s activities. Children free £5 adults (to include tea and cake) . Everyone is welcome. Please see here for further information and booking details from the beginning of April.
This talk will be given at Whiteknights by Professor Paul Hadley and Dr Matt Ordidge and will
explain the work of the National Fruit Collection, one of the largest such collections in the world,
which is based at Brogdale Farm in Kent and is co-curated by the University of Reading.