Katesgrove’s Heritage Open Days take place from 11-13 September this year. Times for the events should be checked, and some require advance booking.
Friday 11 September – Sunday 13 September
The Trooper Potts VC Memorial trust will be outside Forbury Gardens, opposite the Crown Court, to explain about the new memorial dedicated to Reading’s only Victoria Cross holder who was born in Katesgrove and attended Katesgrove school.
Saturday 12 September
Illustrated talk about Reading’s new sculpture & memorial to Reading’s VC & The Berkshire Yeomanry
Watlington House, Watlington Street
An illustrated talk will be given about Gallipoli, Trooper Potts and the memorial to him to be unveiled this October near the Forbury Gardens.
Rising Sun open day
Rising Sun Arts Centre, Silver Street
This building was founded as a temperance house in an area of Reading notorious at the time for its squalor and the number of beer houses and pubs. It was built by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of parts of Reading Museum and the old Town Hall as well as the Natural History Museum.
Caught on Camera
Waterstone’s bookshop, Broad Street
Fans of photographs of Reading will be interested in the latest book by local photographer Terry Allsop, ‘Caught on Camera: Reading in the 1970s’. There is a public signing of the book from 11.00 – 12.00.
Saturday 12 September – Sunday 13 September
Tour of the Quaker Meeting House and Burial Ground
Quaker Meeting House, Church Street
Afternoon tours at 13.00 of the Burial Ground and Quaker Meeting House on Church Street (between Southampton Street and London Street).