WW1 Events Programme

WW1 letterCollecting memories: WW1 roadshow

19th March, 2014

  • 10am - 4pm
  • Free
  • Drop-in
  • Studio

Organised by students from the History Department, this WW1 Roadshow is an opportunity for members of the public to bring in their letters and photographs relating to WW1 in Berkshire to share with experts in First World War history.

The family of Frederick Pott's, who received the Victoria Cross, will be in attendance to talk to anyone about the Victoria Cross, or their effort to erect a memorial statue in Reading town centre.

There will also be opportunities to see the University's Memorial Book and other artefacts related to the First World War in the MERL collection.

Everyone is welcome, with or without memorabilia. Light refreshments available.


Berkshire YeomanryMERL Seminars: The Great War and the countryside

  • 1-2pm
  • Free
  • Register

This special series of MERL Seminars has been convened in collaboration with The Friends of the University of Reading as part of a wider programme of events to mark a century since the outbreak of the First World War. The talks will reveal a range of narratives, including some connected with Berkshire and Reading. Others will chart the varied ways in which this terrible conflict came to impact upon the British countryside and beyond.

For full details of the series visit MERL Seminars: The Great War and the countryside


Ernest DennyReading University College: WW1 and beyond

1 April to 31 August

  • Normal opening hours (extended hours Sunday 27th April - see below)
  • Free
  • Drop-in
  • Staircase Hall

Funded by the Arts Council England and inspired by the University of Reading Memorial Book and Clock Tower Memorial, this exhibition reveals the stories of the men and women with connections to the then, Reading University College, who fell during the First World War. The exhibition also looks at the theme of War in a broader sense with interesting items from the Museum and Archive collections relating to other conflicts.

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Read the latest blog post by Phillippa Heath, Reading Connections, Digital and On-line Engagement Officer and curator of this display



London Road War Memorial clock towerThe Friends' heritage event: Reading and the Great War

27 April

  • 1-5pm (MERL will be open from 1-5pm)
  • £3 on the door or in advance | Students & under 18s free (includes refreshments)
  • London Road campus, University of Reading
  • Click here for details & advance tickets.

A special event, hosted by The Friends of the University, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and its impact on Reading and the University.

Featuring interactive exhibits and performances including:

• A special Service of Remembrance
• University Book of Remembrance
• Local history displays, including Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Royal Berkshire Regiment
• Performances of war poetry and plays
• Tours and talks
• Craft and other family activities
• As well as a chance to bring your own archive items for identification and recording

For more information about the event, please contact: thefriends@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8006


Albert Ball's Flying AcesPop-up lunchtime concert: Albert Ball's Flying Aces

Tuesday 13th May

  • 1.10pm to 1.50pm
  • Free, drop-in
  • All welcome

This term the University of Reading's Lunchtime Concerts are on the move and 'popping up' at venues across all of the campuses. MERL is delighted to be hosting 'Albert Ball's Flying Aces' who will be performing music and songs from the WWI era on, variously, guitar, banjo, mandolin, percussion and accordion. Find out more about them at www.albertballsflyingaces.co.uk or have a listen by clicking here.


Two Rivers Press logo'The Arts of Peace': Poetry in the garden

28 July

  • 6.30-8pm
  • £3
  • Book in advance

Come along to a summer's evening of poetry for the launch of the new Two RIvers Press book: 'The Arts of Peace: An Anthology'. Hear readings by the poets, enjoy a glass of wine and take a stroll around the Museum and garden.


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