This month's post is on Ure Routes again. Part of my Role as Research Officer at the Ure Museum has been to start digging into the Museum's history. Annie Ure's fascinating lecture (recorded in the 1960s) and University College Reading's Annual Reports have given me insights into some of the early displays of archaeological material at Reading.
A few weeks ago I had a great tour of Reading's old campus at London Road; my guides, current and former University staff, took me to many places of interest but chief among them were "The Acasias", Portland Place and the old University Gymnasium. Each location is associated with the Ure Museum's history.
Of equal relevance to the Ure's history is the fact that during the 1912/13 session George Palmer's son George William Palmer donated a series of casts of ancient Egyptian stelae to the college. One of these is now on display in the Museum; another hangs on the wall of the Classics Department.
Childs, W. C. 1933. Making a University. London: Dent.
University College Reading Gazettes Calendars and Annual Reports 1909, 1912/13, 1913/14, 1919/20.
Thanks to Nicola Pickering, John Grainger and Ian Burn.