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Image taken in the Abbey Ruins, during the music concert 'Night in the Ruins'

£10,000 Funding Pot Announced for Digital Arts Commissions to Celebrate Reading Abbey 900

  • Funding applications invited from any Reading-based individuals, artists or arts organisations for a share of the of between £3K and £5K 
  • Call to create digital artistic content in response to and in celebration of the Abbey from 1121 to the present day.
South Street's Behind Closed Doors now available online.

Acclaimed South Street theatre show 'Behind Closed Doors' now available online

  • Behind Closed Doors will be available for a limited time only until Friday 12th March.
  • Enjoy the performance from the comfort of your own home, on-demand at a time of your choosing.
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Evening of Virtual Reflection to Mark Holocaust Memorial Day

- A free online event of speakers, choral performances and an address from a keynote speaker will be taking place online to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 on 20th January

- It is organised by Reading Borough Council and ACRE and supported by Reading Hebrew Congregation, Maidenhead Synagogue, Reading Refugee Support Group and Berkshire Rwandese Community

- Viewing the event online is free. For more information and to register to view, visit:

Hi! Reading - Historic England Banners with Cllr Tony Page and Cllr Karen Rowland

‘Hi Reading!’ Signs Herald Reading’s £1.6 Million High Street Heritage Investment

  • Reading one of 68 areas of England to receive a share of a £95 million government High Street Heritage Action Zone fund.
  • Reading will deliver a £1.6 million programme over the next 3.5 years.
Paul Robeson pictured at Manchester Free Trade Hall for the Manchester Guardian in 1958 by Neil Libbert.
©Neil Libbert
Courtesy - National Portrait Gallery

Paul Robeson Tribute Film Launched as Museum Portrait Loan Extended

To mark 60 years since Paul Robeson visited and performed in Reading, a special film of a performance by Reading Community Gospel Choir of Robeson’s hit song ‘Going Home’ will be released on Reading Culture Live and YouTube.

London's National Portrait Gallery has extended its loan of a portrait of Paul Robeson to Reading Museum until 30th January 2021 as part of their COMING HOME project.

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Tilehurst Library Reopening Next Week

  • Working in line with current national safety guidance, the Council will look to reopen Tilehurst next week, for limited booked sessions initially.
  • The reopening of further branches will be reviewed and will hopefully happen in the New Year.