The Friends of Reading Abbey


We aim to aid the preservation of the Ruins of the Abbey for the enjoyment of all, and to spread knowledge and public awareness of its history

Welcome to the website of the Friends of Reading Abbey. Here you can find information about the organisation and how to join us. We will also keep the front page updated with details of outings and other events organised for members.

Enquiries to Peter Durrant, Berkshire Record Office, Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF    Email

Forthcoming events

Fri. 10th April 2015: John Mullaney will give a talk on "Reading Abbey and Catholicism".   (Venue to be confirmed)

21/6/2014: The bid for Heritage Lottery Fund support to conserve Reading Abbey ruins has passed the first stage. See Reading Museum's website for further information.
Update October 2014: Reading Borough Council are working to complete the second stage of the bid for submission by Sept 2015. Further details in the Secretary's report for 2013/14 available  here

Please note: generic email addresses for Friends officers are now in use:
Secretary/contact is:
Treasurer is:



Meetings are held twice yearly in Reading, on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons, when lectures are given by specialists on the life of the Abbey and on the most recent developments. Members receive a twice-yearly Newsletter. Other occasional events take place. There is a small annual membership fee.

Original Web design by Sylvia Chumbley. Current webmaster - to be appointed





The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading
The Right Reverend the Bishop of Reading
The Abbot of Douai Abbey
The MP for Reading East
The MP for Reading West
The Vice-Chancellor of Reading University


President: Professor Brian Kemp
Vice-Presidents: Leslie Cram, Janet Bond
Chairman: Peter Durrant
Secretary: John Painter
Treasurer: Iris Hunt
Newsletter Editor: Dianne Sykes
Committee: Stella Cooke, Doug Beaumont