The Council has expressed its extreme disappointment after the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) indicated that the town’s bid to transform Reading Gaol into a beacon of arts, heritage and culture has been rejected, but has vowed to keep its bid alive as a future option.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) understands the MoJ is likely to once again market the site for sale after it decided the Council’s £2.6 million bid – backed by a passionate arts and cultural community in Reading and beyond – was not of a high enough monetary value.
Rather than withdrawing its bid at this time, the Council is instead making a public commitment to keep it on the table in the hope that MoJ Ministers will intervene and re-consider the advice of its marketing agents.
Read the press release and download the RBC plan here
BAS has been involved with RBC and other stakeholders in discussions about the future of the site. We have strongly expressed our support for a community use.
Berkshire Archaeological Society Events – from September 2020
Government advice is likely to remain that gatherings are not permitted or advised. We are, therefore, planning to hold all BAS activities from September on Zoom.
See the events page for a list of monthly lectures. Synopses will be posted separately when available.
Members attending meetings on Zoom will be advised of meeting joining instructions beforehand. Not all Study Group meetings are listed as they are usually confirmed the week before.
from Julie Worsfold, BAS Lectures and Day School Organiser & Chair Communications Working Group
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