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Junction Arch Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Days 2021

Sun 19 Sep, 10:00-17:00

This September, Reading’s heritage will be on show for 10 days as part of England’s annual heritage festival, Heritage Open Days. Celebrating our buildings, natural and cultural heritage, this year there will be a fantastic range of free in-person and digital events to showcase the rich stories that make Reading such a unique place to live, work and visit.

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This is a rare opportunity to see inside the iconic Arch at Reading Old Cemetery.

Junction Arch Heritage and Arts (JAHA), who are working to bring the entrance to the cemetery into community use as a mini heritage and arts hub, will be hosting an exhibition.

All the work on display will be from local artists and photographers and will either feature or have been inspired by the cemetery and the Arch. Originals and prints will be for sale, with a proportion of the sale price going to JAHA to support their project.

Liz Tait of Cemetery Junction War Graves will be leading guided walks around the cemetery, highlighting some of the most interesting graves and the stories of the people laid to rest there.

Tours will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and will last around 45 minutes. The 1pm one will be wheelchair friendly. There will be a maximum of 15 people per tour, on a first come first served basis.

Family-friendly tour
At 2pm members of the team from Henley Road Cemetery will be leading a 45-minute family-friendly tour. Starting at the arch it will wind through the cemetery, stopping off along the way to share fascinating and sometimes macabre tales behind some of the graves and insights into the wildlife that thrives there. The tour will be suitable for children aged six and above.  

Weather-permitting there will also be an opportunity to design a poppy, which will be displayed on the gates of Reading Old Cemetery during Remembrance Week, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. All materials will be supplied. 

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.