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STOP READING GAOL SELL-OFF – UPDATE

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