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The Environment Agency is consulting on a new flood alleviation scheme for Reading, to be sited on the banks of the River Thames in Caversham, and they’re inviting local residents to look at the proposals online and give feedback. Reading environmental scientist and Caversham resident Dr Liz Stephens gives her thoughts on the scheme.

Credit: The County Borough of Reading, via Bob Jones

There are plenty of photographs of the 1947 flood in Reading, including this one taken from a plane. Credit: The County Borough of Reading, via Bob Jones

Caversham may have been fortunate to miss out on the worst of the flooding along the Thames in recent memory, but the scale of the flooding experienced in 1947 shows that many people in lower Caversham may unknowingly live in areas at high risk of flooding.

The extraordinary level of the 1947 flood is marked on a pole by Reading Bridge/Whittington’s Tea Barge, which is visible from the Thames Path. It wasn’t a one-off either, as photographs in Reading Museum point to significant flooding in 1894.

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A one-day workshop to explore the role of Arts and the Artist in Landscape and Environmental Research Today.

15th February 2018; 9.30 am – 6.00 pm

Central London

Get more details on the project in this blog post >


  • 9.30 Registration opens – Tea and Coffee
  • 10.00 Opening of workshop – Introductions
  • 10.10 Scope and Prospects – by organisers and funders
  • 10.30 Keynote 1 – Prof Stephen Daniels – Followed by questions
  • 10.55 Keynote 2 – Prof Lise Autogena with Joshua Portway – Followed by questions
  • 11.20 Introduction to discussion themes
  • 11.40 Refreshments
  • 11.55 Group discussions – session 1
  • 12.55 Lunch
  • 13.55 Group discussions – session 2
  • 14.55 Coffee break
  • 15.05 Merging outcomes per theme
  • 15.15 Feedback to the room
  • 16.15 Closing remarks
  • 16.30 Workshop ends
  • 16.45 – 17.45 – Guided tours

More information on the AALERT project >

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