We're back for more Five on Friday mayhem, thanks Amy!
I expect you saw my title and thought not more books, but it's not reading it's Reading, a town in Berkshire!
I popped in for a gander at the exhibition, more of which another day, but found out the following things while I was there.
One - Trains
In September last year the train company First Great Western decided to 'reinstate the ideals of our founder Isambard Kingdom Brunel. And deliver a rail service for the 21st Century to Build a Greater West'. The complete change in ethos requires the 'unbranding' of the business by changing the name from First Great Western to Great Western Railway. On the platform today, I could see the results - well on the outside, the inside looked much the same.
Two - Year of Culture
2016 marks Reading's Year of Culture. Here's a link showing what might be happening during the year.
Three - Reading Foundation of Art
This charity has built up a collection of 120 works of art as well as contributing to over 100 works of art held by the Museum. Have a look at their collection.
|This painting by Dominic Madden is called The Garden of Earthly Delights. It appears to be an ink painting of the Pang valley but is painted on top of a collection of newspaper cuttings, questioning the rural idyll.|
Four - Reading Abbey
£1.77 million of Lottery funding has been successfully obtained to work on the Abbey ruins to open them to the public again. Work starts this year and it should be ready to open in two years' time. As this part of Reading has lots of historical connections, including where Jane Austen went to school, Henry I was buried and Oscar Wilde was imprisoned, I am sure there will be many events taking place in the future.
I'm afraid I succumbed to another cheese scone in John Lewis, I'm just going to turn into one one day!
Happy New Year to all those who haven't called in since the day.
Have a good week.