Reading Memories Facebook group (a closed group so you probably need to have an account on Facebook to view it)
Old Reading Facebook group (a closed group so you probably need to have an account on Facebook to view it)
A video made up of pictures blending old photographs of Reading with new pictures of the same views.
Memories of Old Reading on the Reading Forum bulletin board.
Local artist & illustrator Steve King has made several illustrations combining old and new views of Reading streets.
Family History / Genealogy
Battle of Reading, 871 Wikipedia
- The Hidden Abbey Stones Project, HASP, is an exciting new venture, instigated by John and Lindsay Mullaney. It comes out of the Hidden Abbey Project, which won a Reading Cultural Award in the category "Celebrating Reading’s Heritage" in June 2017. The Project’s aim is to involve the people of Reading in the rediscovery of the fabric of the great Benedictine Abbey of Reading, founded by King Henry I in 1121. One question which we hope to answer is whether the Abbey changed much during its 400 years as an active monastery. To what extent will we find evidence of changing styles of architecture? And from this information can we say more about what life in the Abbey and in Reading may have been like?
Cross St / Duke St circa 1911
The Imperial War Museum has a collection of pictures of Life in Wartime Reading
There's a 2012 Reading Forum post made up of pictures and text from the Imperial War Museum collection; unfortunately (and incompetently) the IWM seems to have changed the links so the pictures no longer show in the Forum post. Clicking the broken-image icons takes you to the IWM's page for each picture but there are a lot of pictures and clicking through for each one is tedious: alternatively here's a saved copy (pdf).
Western Tower Reading Demolition YouTube
Terry's Reading walkabouts facebook page
Twinning - Dusseldorf Reading-Dusseldorf association - a voluntary organisation devoted to promoting and developing friendship between the peoples of Reading and Düsseldorf in Germany.
Beer bricks & bulbs
buildings - Waterhouse, Elgar Rd
Jackson's - closure, mannequins, Rafael Gough's staff video interviews
Kensington St angel of death
Woodley airfield - Polish airmen
University TOBs - wartime hospital? - Douglas Bader?
Reading Street Names: Abattoirs Road to Zinzan Street book by Adam Sowan, the late Peter Hay and Sally Castle; Two Rivers Press
Old Maps: the British Library has a collection of Fire Insurance Maps of Reading