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WHAT’S ON JANUARY MARCH 2020

READING MUSEUM ANIMAL WORLD ART JOURNEYS Until 18 April 2020

www.readingmuseum.org.uk For more information and bookings, visit www.readingmuseum.org.uk


REGULAR EVENTS EVERY WEDNESDAY

Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Under 5s, 10.30am – 11.30am Free, drop in

EVERY THURSDAY

WELCOME Welcome to Reading Museum’s new What’s on Diary. We are delighted to produce this new diary with our partners at the Museum of English Rural Life. Please do visit our new café and shop on the ground floor. Admission FREE 

OPENING HOURS

Museum Surgery Visitors can ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm Free, drop in

EVERY SATURDAY

Early Birds A quiet hour for families of children with sensory difficulties. 10am – 11am Free, drop in

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours All ages, 2pm – 3pm £5, book online

Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-5pm Closed Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays Please see our website for Christmas and Easter Opening times.

Reading Museum Blagrave Street Reading RG1 1QH

0118 937 3400

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For more information and bookings, visit www.readingmuseum.org.uk


FEBRUARY HALF-TERM FAMILY ACTIVITIES Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February Don’t miss our special Monday opening!

VICTORIAN SCHOOLROOM EXPERIENCE

Tuesday 18 February Please note that the Abbey Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors.

ANIMAL TOTE BAGS Friday 21 February

Ages 5+, Families, 2 hour sessions starting at 10am, 1.30pm, £4 book online

Ages 5+, Families, sessions starting at 10.15am, 11.30am and 2pm. £1 per person, book online or pay on the day.

ACTIVITY CART

Drop in throughout the week to make some creative animal paper crafts

EASTER HOLIDAY FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Free, drop in*

ANIMAL SAFARI TRAIL

SPOON-IMALS!

Join us during the Easter Holidays for lots of fun activities. Visit our website for more details.

Families, available throughout the day

Families, half-hour sessions 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm.

ANIMAL FINALE

£1, pay on the day, drop in*.

£1, pay on the day, drop in*.

ANIMAL BADGE MAKING

LION POM-POMS

Families, half-hour sessions 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm.

Ages 5+, Families, 1 hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm and 2.15pm. £3 book online.

Celebrating the end of our exhibition, Animal: World Art Journeys, join us for a fun-packed day of animal activities.

Available throughout the week.

Monday 17 February

£1, pay on the day, drop in*.

Wednesday 19 February

Thursday 20 February

Saturday 4 April

Suitable for all ages! Families, Free, 11am – 4pm

*Our drop-ins are very popular, please be aware that we have limited capacity for activities in the Museum.

For more information and bookings, visit www.readingmuseum.org.uk


EVENTS AND TALKS ARTIST’S DRAWING DAY: INSECTS

BUILDING FUTURES – SCIENCE FAIR

Adults and 16+ 10am – 4pm £20, book online

All ages, 11am – 3pm Free, drop-in

Saturday 11 January

Saturday 8 February

STORIES OF READING TOUR Saturday 8 and 29 February and 14 March

ORIGAMI ANIMALS

Saturday 25 January Adults and 12+ 1 hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm £7 per session, book online

All ages 1-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5 (under 5s free) book online

A QUEER HISTORY OF READING

Saturday 29 February

Concert Hall and Town Hall Square

Families, 1 hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm £7 per child per session, book online

READING ABBEY QUARTER TOUR Saturday 7 and 21 March

All ages 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery, Reading Museum £10 (under 5s free), book online

Saturday 15 February

SOAP STONE CARVING – ANIMAL

Sunday 2 February

Saturday 7 March

LGBTQ+ guided tour with Dan Vo Adults, Ages 16+ 11am – 12.30pm £10, book online

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

MINI PROFESSORS

Adults, ages 14+ 10am – 4pm £35, book online

BOOK MAKING – ANIMAL EXHIBITION JANINA MAHER Saturday 14 March Adults 10am – 4pm £50, book online

ANIMAL EMBROIDERY

POWERTEX WORKSHOP WITH DONNA MCGHIE

Adults 16+ 10am – 3pm £25, book online

Adults, Ages 12+ 1pm – 4pm £30, book online

Saturday 7 March

Saturday 21 March

For more information and bookings, visit www.readingmuseum.org.uk


EXHIBITION REGULAR ANIMAL EXHIBITION INTRODUCTION Saturdays until 18 April

ANIMAL - WORLD ART JOURNEYS

Find images of animals including lobsters and lions, donkeys with dragons, birds beside beasties.

Journey through time and around the world in a visual treat of an exhibition where great art meets great craft. See how artists have transformed the animal world into stunning stylised forms such as Peruvian weavings and Javanese batiks. Enjoy the work of artists from as far afield as ancient Egypt or nineteenth century Asia to contemporary Britain.

Drawn from across the collections of Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading people, this is a show for families and creative thinkers to explore.

Until Saturday 18 April

Join us every Saturday for a short introduction to our fantastic and fantastical Animal exhibition. There is a real wealth of art and objects depicting amazing animals from different cultures around the world, proving we have always enjoyed immortalising our furry or feathered friends. Learn about some of our favourite pieces on display and find some of your own! All Ages 11.00am – 11.15am Free, drop in

Get creative and join in the unusual workshops and artist’s days for adults or the animal themed children’s activities with a Finale day Sat 4 April.

COMMUNITY DISPLAYS BUILDING FUTURES MORE THAN Celebrating 100 Years of A CHOIR: UCEM 1919-2019 Until Saturday 1 February With unique objects and unseen archives, Building Futures showcases the work of University College of Estate Management (UCEM) in its centenary year.

Reading Phoenix and Friends

Tuesday 11 February – Saturday 6 June For more information about the choir visit www.readingphoenixchoir.com

RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

Wednesday 1 April – Wednesday 30 September See website for details including how to be part of the Turbine House 2020 programme.

For more information and bookings, visit www.readingmuseum.org.uk


ANIM 14 September 2019 – 18 April 2020


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EXHIBITIONS

SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL 14th January – 5th April

‘Shoulder to the Wheel’, curated by Dr Glenn Adamson, takes as its starting point George Sturt’s classic 1923 work, ‘The Wheelwright’s Shop’.

THINKING RATIONALLY? 24th February – 20 th April

ROMANCE OF THE HIVE BOOKS FROM THE COWAN BEE COLLECTION

Last chance to see the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. The Cowan Bee Collection contains 1,800 volumes of books, pamphlets and journals relating to bees and beekeeping.

An exhibition by 3rd Year Museum Studies students looking back on wartime rationing and sustainable practices in order to inspire visitors to look at their resource usage and how they can change it. What can we do to stop wasting and start making do?

Until 31st Jan 2020

For more info and to book, visit merl.reading.ac.uk/whats-on-2020


PERFORMANCES

JACKIE OATES & PETE FLOOD

BOOK

Saturday 25th January, 7.30pm

The MERL’s Folk Artist-in-Residences Final Performance with Jackie Oates and Pete Flood.

South Street Arts Centre, RG1 4QU Tickets £10 (plus £2 booking fee) Keep up to date by joining our newsletter at merl.reading.ac.uk/sign-up

BOOK

THE SERVANTS’ BALL

Thursday 30 th January, 8.30 – 9.30pm with support 7.30 – 8.15pm BOOK

COMMON SALT

BY SHEILA GHELANI & SUE PALMER Wednesday 29 th January, 7pm Tickets £12  £10 South Street Members Common Salt is a performance around a table – a ‘show and tell’. Part of South Street’s award winning SITELINES programme of theatre in unusual places.

Tickets £10 (plus £1 booking fee) Launch of a music and dance project inspired by staff parties of English country estates before WW2 by an exciting new band bringing together some of the UK’s leading musicians. With free Step Dancing Workshop 5.30 – 6.30pm.

What’s On Guide January – March 2020


Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Weekends 10am – 5pm

Location

Redlands Rd, Reading, RG1 5EX

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FAMILY EVENTS FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS Outdoor learning session for pre-schoolers in our urban garden. Drop-in, Fridays 10 – 11.30am (during RBC term time)

£4 per child (includes a drink and snack)

EARLY BIRDS A quieter hour for visitors with autism or other sensory conditions on the first Sunday of the month. Drop-in, 5th January, 2nd February & 1st March, 10 – 11am

For more info and to book, visit merl.reading.ac.uk/whats-on-2020


FEBRUARY HALF TERM BOOK JELLY ART & HERITAGE HOLIDAY CLUB

ACTIVITIES

M Interactive games

in the galleries

M Rat and Rodent Trail M Brass rubbing indoors or

on the woodland trail

M Dressing-up M Shepherds Hut

Work with Jelly artists in the museum to achieve a Discover Arts Award. Ages 7 – 11, all materials included. 18th – 20 th February, 9.30am – 3.30pm £85 per child for full course. Contact kate@jelly.org.uk

VIRTUAL vs REALITY Learn about shepherding through Virtual Reality and Object Handling.

M Play-on tractor and wagon M Make and Takes

Drop-in, Tue 18th Feb, 11am – 1pm.

SECOND SUNDAY CRAFT DROP-IN Each second Sunday of the month enjoy a different activity based on themes relating to The MERL and its collections.

BOOK

Drop-in, 12 January, 9th February & 8th March, 11am – 1pm

Work on a different projects to create games, animations and websites in an exciting session run by our team of Code Club volunteers. For children aged 8+

£2 per child

Please see our website for details.

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What’s On Guide January – March 2020


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SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL AT THE MERL

JANUARY – MARCH 2020

WHAT’S ON Photography by Jon Stokes

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