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.