Revealing hidden stories

Revealing hidden stories | University of Reading

Lost and found: An online exhibition from the collections

In 2017 the University of Reading collections hit the headlines when librarian Erika Delbeque found a previously undiscovered, unique example of 15th century printed text by English printer William Caxton.

During the Being Human Festival you are invited to view a specially curated online exhibition of the hidden treasures that can be found in the University of Reading’s spectacular museums, libraries, and archives

Excavating the world’s first farmers in Iraq and Iran, 10,000 – 7,500 BC

Join expert archaeologists, Roger and Wendy Matthews, at the University of Reading in this richly-illustrated discussion presenting the latest discoveries from excavations at Bestansur and the Iranian Neolithic site of Sheikh-e Abad. Bestansur and Sheikh-e Abad were among the first farming settlements of the Middle East, and excavations there are investigating all aspects of life during the transition from hunting to farming, and from mobile to settled life-ways.

Write your story your way

November is National Novel Writing Month and award winning author Dr Wendy O’Shea-Meddour from the University of Reading will be hosting a creative writing workshop for GCSE and A-level students in a local Reading library. Wendy will talk about what it’s like being a children’s author and give participants top tips for writing your own exciting and diverse stories.

Home at MERL (Dance Workshops and Performance)

Reading’s newest professional dance company, Reside Dance, invite members of the local community to take part in two workshops that work towards a series of pop-up performances in several spaces within The Museum of English Rural Life.

The workshops will highlight your past experiences of migration and resettlement whilst responding to the history, architecture, collections and habitual pathways of each space. A performance will take place on the Saturday 25 November at 2:00pm where participants will guide audience members through the museum on a journey of migration and encourage them to discover their own sense of belonging to the people around them and the spaces that they inhabit.

War Child

Dr Teresa Murjas from the University of Reading will introduce audiences to her project War Child. This inspiring project examined the creation of the Evacuee Archive at the Museum of English Rural Life as a means of reflecting on wider experiences of children ‘on the move’.

Teresa will show films from the project and answer questions about her wider work which responds creatively to migrant experiences. There will also be a pop-up exhibition of items from the Evacuee Archive.

A Flower for Oscar Wilde

Did you know that Oscar Wilde was an inmate at Reading Prison in the late 1800s? If you are aged 16-25 and part of the LGBTQ+ community, join the University of Reading in creating an installation dedicated to Oscar Wilde. Made up of 3D printed flowers created by workshop participants, the artwork will be displayed in relation to the ‘Artist as Critic’ exhibition running at Reading Museum as part of ‘Reading: International Autumn 2017’.

Home at MERL

Reading’s newest professional dance company, Reside Dance, invite members of the local community to take part in two workshops that work towards a series of pop-up performances in several spaces within The Museum of English Rural Life.The workshops will highlight your past experiences of migration and resettlement whilst responding to the history, architecture, collections and habitual pathways of each space. A final performance will take place on the Saturday 25 November at 2:00pm.