Loddon Observatory Showcase

The Loddon Observatory is organising a Loddon Showcase on 25th September 2018, 12:30-4:00pm in Meadow Suite, Park House, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6UA.

This will be an opportunity to present and learn about work undertaken within the Loddon catchment on Water, Environment, Climate, Governance and Heritage and to meet other people from the University and our External Partners.

Please register online here by 14th September at the latest.

We are inviting abstracts, in particular for posters, and short 3-5 minute talks presenting research relevant to the Loddon catchment, to be submitted as soon as possible and by 14th September at the latest on the website above or by email to a.duranel@reading.ac.uk.



Heritage in Times of Conflict: film and panel talk

Internal Event – University of Reading staff and students only

We cordially invite you to the H&C Academic Forum for the Summer Term 2018 which will focus on the theme of Heritage in Times of Conflict.

As part of the event, we are holding a film viewing of ‘The Destruction of Memory’, followed by a panel discussion that will consider challenges around the preservation and protection of cultural heritage in today’s world. This important event will be of major interest for researchers whose work touches on heritage and conflict, and it will provide colleagues with an opportunity to ask questions and network more widely.

The ‘Destruction of Memory’ film is based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevans. The film includes interviews with the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as many international experts, including archaeologists. The film’s website is here http://destructionofmemoryfilm.com/

The film covers the following topics:

  • The devastating effects that ‘A war on culture’ has on today’s society and the challenges it causes in preserving and protecting history
  • Destructive behaviour of Daesh (ISIS) and how their actions attempt to obliterate culture and memory
  • Measures currently being pursued to protect, salvage and rebuild the history that has been lost as a result of cultural destruction.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Roger Matthews, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Reading and President of RASHID International (Research, Assessment, Safeguarding the Heritage of Iraq in Danger) and will represent a variety of expertise from across the University and beyond. These include:

  • Tim Slade – Writer, Director and Producer of the film ‘The Destruction of Memory’ for Vast Productions, USA
  • Dr Lisa Purse – Head of Department and Associate Professor in Film, Theatre and Television, University of Reading
  • Professor Rosa Freedman – Professor of Law Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading
  • Dr Dina Rezk – Lecturer in Middle Eastern History (19th / 20th Century), University of Reading.

Please register with Chris Anderson in the Research Deans’ Office by e-mail on researchdeansoffice@reading.ac.uk. As catering will be booked for this event, please confirm whether you have any dietary requirements.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Roger Matthews (Archaeology) and Professor Roberta Gilchrist (R Dean H&C)

The MERL Autumn Speaker Series – Greta Bertram

Showing, Doing, Telling: Craft And Making

A Season Of Events Exploring Craft And Making At The MERL

Specialists in craft and the arts examine different ways of responding to rural life, exploring how best to nurture old skills, contemporary creative responses and traditional practice.

In this talk, Greta Bertram, Heritage Crafts Association, will discuss the topic “Heritage Crafts At Risk”.

Admission is free, although booking is recommended.

Digital Visualisation in Education and Heritage

This one day colloquium will bring together academic and heritage sector practitioners to discuss how digital visualisation is used to present historical architecture and landscapes to the public. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Heritage practice and historical authenticity, including case studies on historical buildings, landscapes and interiors
  • Education and digital reconstruction, including visualisations for MOOCS and the science and theories of visualisation
  • The audience experience: including expectations and preferences, practical challenges and futures.
  • Lunchtime “showcase” featuring technical demonstrations of immersive VR and practitioner portfolios.

See the flyer for more information

Venue: Meadow Suite, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, May 16th.

Doors and registration: from 9am.

First paper: 10am.

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

There is no attendance fee but please contact Matthew Nicholls (Reading) and Andrew Roberts (English Heritage) to reserve a place: