A collection of info on various twisty/turny stuff.
Inspired by the turbine itself and aided by Reading-based scientists, local charity RG Spaces is mounting this exhibition to explore various aspects of twisting in, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers.
Exhibits touch on:
twisting in the natural world – DNA, spirogyra, structure of willow, spiralling plants, the weir & river flow itself
twisting for strength – wool spinning, towrope
twisting for transport- rowing, paddling (canoing and coracle), narrowboat propeller
twisting in air – Reading as tornado alley, red-kites & thermals
twisting for power – past (the Abbey watermill and the Blake’s Lock turbine), present (the Archimedes and syphonic turbines at Sonning and Mapledurham), future (the Reading Hydro plans for Caversham weir).
The exhibition is open to everyone 10am-6pm 2-15 September 2017 which overlaps with the national Heritage Open Days and much of the new Reading-on-Thames Festival. We are also arranging various group visits and hope that some local schools can walk to the site to explore twistiness and this quirky corner of Reading’s industrial heritage.
Over the national Heritage Open Days 7-10 September there will be ‘Extra Twists’ – activities such as a spinning demo from a Reading knitting artist. Details will be posted here later in the Summer.