Heritage Open Days 2020

Heritage Open Days 2020

We were planning to open the house and garden this year, the Pandemic prevents this. Instead we have commissioned a virtual tour which we hope you will enjoy.  Please visit us next year.

Open the virtual tour of Watlington House

Mayoral Visit in August 2020 to celebrate Heritage Open Days in Reading

On 7 August we were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Reading, Cllr David and Mrs Alison Stevens  and with Cllr Karen Rowland (Heritage Champion RBC) to Watlington House.  We were able to tell them about the history of the house and to meet 3 of our 5 tenants, Weston & Co Architects, the Reserve Forces Employment Association and the Mills Archive. They also filmed a  “Welcome to Heritage Open Days in Reading” which will be used by Reading UK to promote the event and this year’s theme Hidden Nature.

A video of their visit may be seen HERE                           

The Mayor and Mayoress, Heritage Champion, Trustees and some tenants of the house


L-R; The Mayor and Mayoress (Cllr and Mrs Stevens, Heritage Champion Cllr Rowland, Chairman Canon Brian Shenton, Hon Sec Richard Bennnett DL and Hon Treasurer Clive Williams OBE





L-R Hon Sec, Mildred Cookson Volunteer Mills Archive and WH Trustee, Cllr Karen Rowland, Cllr David Stevens and Mrs Alison Stevens

L-R; Cllr Rowland, Mr Ram Galami (tenant Reserve Forces Employment Association) and the Mayor and Mayoress

Heritage Open Days in previous years

We have opened the house in the past for Heritage Open Days.  In 2018 when we opened for the first time in several years the Mills Archive stopped counting at around 300 visitors.  The some 120 in 2019 was more manageable.

Michal Wolf gave a demonstration of working with Lime Mortar in 2019

2019 with works being undertaken at the rear of the house

2018 Visitors in the Mills Archive

Trustee Clive Williams explains about the history of the house in 2018

2019 Display about Kendrick School and the works going on at the back of the house.