Ed Hawkins and Stephen Burt
Between 1883 and 1904 a group of Victorian meteorologists lived in a stone hut at the summit of Ben Nevis, observing the weather every hour of every day and night. The readings these hardy souls took could provide data vital to today’s climate science. But handwritten, on paper, they were hard to analyse and accessible only to a few, archive-based researchers.
Reading 2050: Transforming the Museum of English Rural Life: Past, Present and Future – a public lecture which is part of the ‘People and Lifestyle’ theme of the Reading 2050 lecture series, which provide a platform to discuss how Reading should evolve into a smarter and more sustainable city by 2050 (25 October 2018, 6 – 7pm)
Public lecture: Russia and the first world war: a fatal mistake? The University of Cambridge's Professor Dominic Lieven tells the fascinating, dramatic and hugely important story of Russia’s descent into the First World War and its fatal impact on generations of Russians in the long twentieth century (1 November, 7pm)
our work in the local area
This is an environmental initiative to support sustainable societies. It is currently looking at the challenges of flooding, water quality and sustainable agriculture. The initiative works to address challenges affecting us all by finding sustainable solutions within the Loddon Catchment of the Thames Basin – an area which covers 680 square kilometres across the counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. Hosted at the University, it brings together researchers with charities, public sector, business and other research organisations. The observatory's overall aim is to find ways to build capability and capacity to meet 21st Century challenges and to inform policy and practice.
Led by the Reading School of Art and hosted by partners within the town, Reading International is a new contemporary visual arts organisation. It promotes and commissions major solo exhibitions, shows, performances, film screenings, workshops, talks, offsite projects and temporary public artworks. Artists and curators are funded to make new work in response to the unique social and historical context of Reading and wider Berkshire. Projects for 2018 and 2019 will include exhibitions and events by Steve Claydon, Lada Nakonechna, Studio for Propositional Cinema, Helen Cammock and Public Movement as well as a programme of events in schools and libraries and a project for the Reading Abbey Ruins.
Silchester, situated south-west of Reading, is the modern name of the Roman town Calleva Atrebatum. Archaeological excavations of the Roman town have been led by University of Reading Professor Mike Fulford since the 1970s. The site is currently the location of our Archaeology Field School, focused on the excavation of the Roman public baths, and our Iron Age Environs project. The complete circuit of the Roman town walls and its amphitheatre are open to visitors all year round and you can download an iPhone app for self-guided tours. Each summer the University runs open days which offer the public the chance to see the excavations and learn about the archaeology and history of the site.
Come face to face with the mask of a terrifying Gorgon Medusa, see an elephant skeleton up close and explore our collection of original Ladybird Book covers. The University is home to the Museum of English Rural Life, The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and The Cole Museum of Zoology as well as the Herbarium and some fascinating collections of books, prints and letters.
Volunteer for a study
The University carries out a range of research trials, for example in cardiovascular health or psychology, and we often need volunteers to participate in our studies. If you are interested in getting involved, explore the links below: