Archive for September, 2014

RGA Fridays Artists & silver jewellery students at THE PEACOCK GALLERY, Maiden Erlegh School 20 Sep – 16 Oct

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014


Early bird Christmas shoppers – we have a lovely selection of bronze sculptures and studio glassware available online or instore. click for details

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

This beautiful set of polar bears makes a stunning gift, also available individually. Harris Studio glass. Original pieces hand blown and hand painted





Reading at War: Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH. Until 14th September. click for more info

Monday, September 1st, 2014

On 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany. Few people then could have imagined just how profoundly this conflict would affect the lives of ordinary people in Reading.

reading at war

Our exhibition marks the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak, and will be a focal point for our town to explore how war throughout history has shaped Reading’s character.

Displays will highlight the impact of the First World War, when thousands of local men and boys join the armed forces, leaving behind their loved ones to keep the home fire burning. Reading’s workforce, particularly women, were mobilised to support the war effort and to care for wounded soldiers in the town’s war hospitals.

The exhibition draws extensively from the Museum’s collections of artefacts and images to explore the impact of war though the ages. Earlier conflicts represented including the 9th century Viking raids and the English Civil War siege of 1643. The more recent account of the Second World War will focus on the devastating air raid on Reading town centre in 1943 that killed 41 people.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to consider why we remember and how war affects our lives today.