Heritage Open Days at the Keep, Reading. Sat 10 - Sun 11 September 2011
5th Sep 2011
The museum is taking part in a special event at The Keep in Reading this weekend, by loaning several artefacts for display. OpenHand OpenSpace welcomes visitors to the ground floor of the Keep - see what was once the guardroom, cells and fire engine house. There will be art, artefacts from the Royal Berkshire Regimental Collection kindly lent by ourselves, a display about Trooper Potts VC, information about the Keep's history, art activities and an I-spy trail for children, and refreshments. Free parking is available in OHOS's car park behind the Keep: from Oxford Road turn into Brock Gardens, then first left and through the double gates. Opening times for the exhibition are 11am - 5pm. More information can be found at http://www.openhandopenspace.blogspot.com/
The Keep was built in 1877 as the armoury and the gatehouse of Brock Barracks, and is Grade II listed. It is now occupied by artists' studios. The ground floor, with its guardroom and cells, is now an exhibition space.
A special exhibition is being planned at our museum to celebrate the life of Sir Isaac Brock, whose name was given to the barracks and will run from February 2012.
The photograph on the left is of The Keep and is our collection. Click on the image to enlarge.