READING GAOL – UPDATE

The Ministry of Justice has put the goal up for sale but the campaign goes on.

BAS Council have agreed to support the campaign and have written to the relevant authorities

A very successful “Reading Gaol Hug” was held on 13th October with over 700 demonstrators surrounding the goal.

https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/17966761.reading-gaol-hug-great-success-hundreds-hold-hands-around-prison/

Matt Rodda MP is calling for Reading Gaol to be saved and turned into an arts hub and museum – to commemorate Oscar Wilde and other important historic events. The Prison is a very important part of Reading’s history. It is believed to also contain the burial place of King Henry I , who established Reading Abbey and it also has a number of other historic links.

The Gaol is under threat of being turned into luxury flats after the Ministry of Justice announced it would sell the site to the highest bidder. Matt said “I am working with a wide range of other local people and organisations and I hope that together we can press for a change of Government policy”.

The latest issue of British Archaeology contains a long article detailing the latest archaeological research into Reading Abbey. It also includes articles bemoaning the Ministry of Justice refusal to publish recent MOLA investigations and a call for a properly resourced public research project.

Meanwhile you can sign the petition here