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Halloween history and HS2 hedgehog threat - Reading in the news Mon 30 Oct

Release Date 30 October 2017

The history of Halloween was discussed on BBC radio

Here is today's media coverage round-up.


Halloween history: Reading’s very own Halloween historian Professor Anne-Lawrence-Mathers (History) spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (2 hrs 10 mins 5 secs) about the history of the celebration.

HS2 hedgehog threat: NCB News reports that hedgehogs are at risk from the construction of the High Speed Rail 2 line in the car park of London Zoo. It quotes Professor Mark Fellowes (Biological Sciences) on the conflict between man and nature.

Carbon emission cuts: Reading Chronicle reports on a sustainability list that ranks Reading among the top universities for cutting carbon emissions. Read our news story.

Science Park: Get Reading reports that tech firms are soon to move into the University of Reading’s new Thames Valley Science Park. Science Park director Dr David Gillham also spoke to The Breeze FM for its bulletins. Read more about the Science Park in our news story.

Designer profile: Typeface designer and Reading Visiting Professor Gerard Unger (Typography and Graphic Design) is the feature of an interview by Eye Magazine

Other coverage


  • Data captured by Reading Meteorology students and tweeted by @RU_Weather on the cold temperatures overnight on Sunday was picked up and used in the news bulletins on The Breeze FM
  • Reading Emeritus Professor Richard Bradley (Archaeology) will present an upcoming high-profile lecture at Bournemouth University, reports Bournemouth Echo. Read more about Professor Bradley’s work here
  • Dr Kathryn Francis (Psychology) is quoted in an article on Gears of Biz on a study that used virtual reality to discover people with psychopathic traits are good at making the decision to sacrifice the few for the good of the many
  • A talk by Martin Andrews (Graphic Communications and History of Printing lecturer) on photographic pioneer Fox Talbot was given to Wargrave Local History Society, reports Henley Standard



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