Project Berkshire: a photographer explores the county

Project Berkshire imageIn addition to his Field Work exhibition, which is currently on display at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, Justin Partyka, folklorist and photographer, is taking images around the county on behalf of the museum as part of Project Berkshire.

Thanks to Arts Council England, MERL has commissioned Justin to produce a comparative record of the Berkshire countryside. Over the past two months Justin has been exploring and photographing farms and landscapes around the county leading to a pop-up exhibition to be mounted in partnership with ‘Jelly', workshops

You can follow Justin’s progress at his blog and on twitter @justin_partyka

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Pop-up exhibition

  • 15 March to 11 April
  • Empty shops in Market Place (see map) and Minster Street (see map), Reading town centre.

Your first chance to see the early work from Justin Partyka's explorations of West Berkshire during February this year.

Read about the new gallery space here: the Jelly blog - a new gallery opening 



  • 23, 24 & 25 March
  • The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading
  • Drop-in

Special workshop activities will be taking place in The Oracle  where you can meet Justin and his colleague, Bee Farrell. Through these workshops they are aiming to gather people’s information on local family names as well as names of favourite places around Berkshire.

There will also be a series of workshops for older people in Reading based care homes so that they can contribute their own memories and thoughts on Berkshire's changing landscape.

Both of these activities are supported by the Earley Charity.


'Your Project Berkshire' photography competition

The Reading Post and getreading have teamed up with MERL to offer budding photographers the chance to record their favourite rural places in Berkshire and win great prizes.

For details go to the Your Project Berkshire page

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