Four weeks to go until Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days (HODs) take place over two September weekends this year; 6-9 September and 13-16 September. Local publicity leaflets are beginning to appear around Reading and you can also look for events on the HODs website.

The Whitley Pump is leading a walk around Reading’s IDR on Sunday 16 September. This is now fully booked but there are other special openings and events in our area on both weekends.

Booking is not required at most venues, but please check the HODs website for more details including access and facilities available.

At the bottom of Southampton Street, S Giles – in – Reading Church is open on all eight Heritage Open Days: Thursdays 11am to 3pm, Fridays 11am to 4pm, Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays noon to 2pm.

At the top of Katesgrove Hill, Christ Church will be open one weekend only on Saturday 8 September 12 noon to 5pm and on Sunday 9 September from 12 noon to 7pm.

Along London Road there is a cluster of three venues: the Acacias, the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and the Berkshire Medical Museum. They are all open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on both weekends, but unfortunately MERL’s special HODs exhibition tours are not running weekend afternoons.

The senior common room of Reading University, ‘The Acacias’ at the corner of Redlands and London Roads, will be open on Saturday and Sunday on both weekends from 2pm to 6pm. This event is being organised by RG Spaces. The theme of this year’s HODs is ‘Extraordinary Women‘ and at the Acacias you will be able to learn about Edith Morley, Britain’s first female professor.

MERL’s contribution to the theme is special tour of the museum which introduces some of the women who have contributed to the museum and the University of Reading collections. The museum is open every day over the heritage weekends with tours on Thursday 6 September 10.30am and 2.30pm, Sunday 9 September 10.30am, Thursday 13 September 10.30am and 2.30pm and Friday 14 September 2.30pm.


A stone’s throw from MERL is the Royal Berkshire Hospital Medical Museum which will be open Saturday and Sunday on both weekends from 2pm to 4.30pm.

The edible roof garden at RISC is open only on the afternoon of Saturday 15 September from noon to 4pm.

On both Sundays at 10 am you can visit the Green Park wind turbine, near the Madejski Stadium. Booking is preferred.

The programme includes lots more events beyond the Inner Distribution Road in the centre of Reading and further afield.

  1. S Giles Church
  2. Christ Church
  3. The Museum of English Rural Life
  4. Royal Berkshire Hospital Medical Museum
  5. RISC
  6. Wind Turbine Visitor Centre
  7. Heritage Open Days – map search