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

Join in the “Reading Goal Hug” demonstration on Sunday 13th October at 2pm

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.

BAS Council have agreed to support the campaign and will be writing to the relevant authorities

Meanwhile you can sign the petition here

Saturday 19th October – BAS Lecture: Mesolithic-Neolithic Colne Valley

Mesolithic-Neolithic histories in the Colne Valley: narrating an everyday landscape

by Samantha Brummage

Historic England talks about the significance of prehistoric archaeology for understanding the development of a multi-cultural, multi-layered country, and the impact that prehistoric people had on the character of places.  The character of the Colne Valley is witness to that prehistoric heritage, and can be traced through the wealth of archive material that we have at our disposal.  My research uses Local Historic Environment Records as a starting point to bring records of excavation, field-walking, collections, chance finds and palaeoenvironmental survey into an integrated, and multi-layered, prehistoric landscape.

2.00 pm for 2.30 pm at the RISC Centre, London Street, Reading RG1 4PS Google map reference

PARKING AT RISC: There have been changes to parking at the rear of the RISC building. Only certain bays are available and payment is by phone only. Please see notices for details.

Thursday 17th October 2019 – Marlow Lecture: Bucks from the Air

Invitation from Archaeology in Marlow

Bucks Archaeological Sites from the Air

by Mike Farley

This talk will describe the continuing role contributed by views from the air in helping to understand the county’s constantly changing landscape. Over the last twenty years or so Mike has been fortunate in being able to hitch lifts with several generous amateur pilots flying over Buckinghamshire.

The talk, illustrated with many of his own photographs, will also note public-access aerials and digital techniques as a source of completely unsuspected new discoveries. He will also note some of the pitfalls lying in wait for interpreters including ‘fairy rings’ and golf courses!

8.00 p.m in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow, SL7 1DD

AIM & MAS Members £3.00, non-members £4.50
Free parking at the adjacent car park after 7.00p.m.

For details of AIM’s other activities and how you can join, either log on to our website,, or contact:

Thursday 24th October 2019 – Marlow lecture: Roman Roads in Britain

Invitation from Marlow Archaeological Society

Roman Roads in Britain

by Paddy Lambert

The Roman road network in Britain is the epitome of Roman civilisation, bringing trade and opening Britain to an empire that stretched from the cold winds of Scotland, to the decadence of the orient. They remain one of the most enduring of archaeological legacies. Yet, they are still shrouded in myth and misconception. The real story of the roads and where they eventually lead us is more surprising, and much more interesting. It’s not ‘what the Romans did for us’ – it’s how they did it.

Paddy Lambert is a Project Supervisor at Oxford Archaeology East and specialises in the history and material culture of the Roman world. He has been involved in Roman projects across the UK and Europe, most recently a Roman villa complex in the south west, and has delivered talks and lectures on various themes of Roman archaeology and history throughout the UK.

Main Room, Liston Hall, Marlow  SL7 1DD  at 8pm 

Pay at the door: Members of MAS/AiM £3, Visitors £4.50, full-time students £1.50 Free parking is available after 7pm adjacent to the Liston Hall All queries, including membership and fieldwork, tel: 01628 523896.

Until 12 January 2020 – Exhibition: Last Supper in Pompeii

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This major exhibition will tell the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii’s love affair with food and wine.

Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and, most importantly, eating and drinking.

See over 400 rare objects, including fine masterpieces of Roman art which range from the luxury furnishings of Roman dining rooms to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted. Everything from the exquisite mosaics and frescoes in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains, show what the Pompeians loved to eat and drink. This remarkable exhibition provides an extraordinary insight into their everyday lives

Timed tickets will be in operation. Full price adult tickets are £12.25 each. Book here

Opens January 24th 2018 – West Berkshire Museum: Hoards

West Berkshire Museum

Special Exhibition: Hoards

Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire.  A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I.  Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.

Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm

Image: The Crow Down Hoard, Acquired 2006

More info here

Special Exhibition: Hoards