Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Reading Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

Reading Museum has been undergoing a big reorganisation over the last year making each visit a surprise as to what you might find this time.  The whole reception area was boarded off with explorers having to enter by another door.  Still no café, I'm hoping that next time a super-duper one will be unveiled!


The updated exhibition room looks more established now, exhibits rearranged, new items added, colourful displays and information guides.  Arts in Asia: in India's image, a multimedia exhibition of the region's Indian inspired architectural gems, offers much to explore including a reconstruction of the Maharajah's Well in Stoke Row between Reading and Oxford below.


Some older reminders of Reading's past include the café advertising sign and ice cream for the Regent Café which used to be at 55 St Mary's Butts.  When the developer's entered the café in 1989, they found a perfectly preserved ice cream factory from 1950, still iced up and containing some somewhat unappetising ice cream!


 Dominic Madden's artwork is part of the collection of works connected to the Reading area from the Reading Foundation for Art.  If you see this painting close up, you can see the paint had been applied to newsprint.



This beautiful textile shawl has been inspired by Indian shawls but made in Scotland.


Hope Street by  Leslie Windsor from 1959 captures a street that was demolished to build the Butts Centre (Broad Street Mall).


Outside the flowers were outstanding.



Always a great place to pop in and learn something.

Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. What an eclectic mix of exhibits. It sounds like there's something for everyone here.

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    1. It's that sort of place, there's even a full scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry!

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  2. A wonderful mix, like you say something for everyone. I found the shawl quite fascinating, what a beautiful piece.

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    1. The shawl was beautiful close up, so much work in it.

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  3. I agree cafes in libraries are a must! The flowers are stunning, it's a blooming lovely time of year in the UK! That Indian scarf is the best!
    Wren x

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    1. Hasn't it been wonderful, so bright and cheery for us all. x

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  4. I'm looking forward to seeing the updated exhibition displays when next in Reading. Hopefully the refurbished cafe will be open by then! Always something interesting to see in the museum. Some of the items take me down Memory Lane. I remember getting an ice cream in The Regent Café on my way back from secondary school travelling on two buses from West Reading to East Reading. (The West Reading bus stopped in St Mary's Butts). That makes me a museum piece myself!

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    1. Ha ha it comes to us all in the end! I'm glad to have taken you down memory lane again. Let's hope they get a move on with the café.

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  5. I love Museum that seem to have a bit of everything in them. Fancy finding an ice cream factory still with ice cream in it. I think after looking at all those displays and exhibitions a cafe would be called for:)

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    1. It's always nice to pop in and see what's happening there. It'll be great when all the renovations are complete. 😊

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