Origins: science and art
Reading is a modern, global university. So it is fitting that its origins lie in the first international celebration of technology, the Great Exhibition of 1851. This produced enough of a surplus to set up ‘Schools of Science and Art’ around the country. Reading got an Art School in 1860 and a Science School in 1870; in 1882 they merged, moved to Valpy Street in the town centre, and formed a miniature technical college for the men and women of the town.