New Relics for Reading


Feminist Gloves
Feminist Gloves
Found objects

"New Relics for Reading" was a collection of works produced by Reading based artists to celebrate Reading. A collaboration with acclaimed local theatre group "Reading Between The Lines", the "New Relics" were displayed during the run of "Henry II" in The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin in October 2018. Martin Andrews created the suitably ecclesiastical construction on which the Relics were displayed.

The entire Reliquary was later also exhibited in the new Welcome area of Reading Museum 2019.

These are my contributions:

Feminist Gloves

These are the much “hated and resented” gloves of Edith Morley (1875–1964), the first female professor in the United Kingdom, based at the University of Reading 1908–1940. However, there is now speculation that they may have belonged to her friend and fellow feminist, the politician Phoebe Cusden (1887–1981) who in her roll as Mayor of Reading in 1946 possibly saw the more practical reason for wearing gloves, rather than an affliction of being a woman.

Section of Reading Civic Centre
Section of Reading Civic Centre
Found objects

Section of Reading Civic Centre

A piece of the Reading Civic Centre after it was demolished, having come to the end of its design life after 40 years. Its shape is an echo of a sister building nearby. It has been safely wrapped in case of contamination by other building materials used at the time of construction. (Disclaimer, it’s not really!)

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