Matt Rodda gathering signatures for the Reading Gaol Petition in Napier Road.
Matt Rodda gathering signatures for the Reading Gaol Petition in Napier Road.

The Gaol petition has broken 5,000 signatures! Since we started the campaign in May, 5,416 people have pledged to support the transformation of Reading Gaol into an arts and heritage site. This is a huge milestone for the campaign.

Thank-you to everyone who’s signed up and put their energy behind this campaign. We couldn’t have reached this point without you. Another big thank you goes out to all the volunteers who have spent hours delivering petitions, attending street stalls, writing to celebrities, sharing on social media, organising Facebook groups, creating artwork, putting posters up around town, and badgering their friends and family to sign (this is not an exhaustive list!). The amount of talent, enthusiasm and goodwill in Reading is incredible.

We will continue to lobby the Government until the Gaol becomes an arts and heritage site for Reading 💪

The next big event in the Save Reading Gaol campaign is the Reading Gaol Hug, organised by artists, councillors and community groups from across Reading. To hug Reading Gaol, the campaign needs 1,000 people to link arms around the perimeter of the Gaol, forming a giant-gaol-hug! This will happen on Sunday the 13th of October at 2pm, sign up asap through the eventbrite page ➡

To sign the petition to save Reading Gaol, please follow the link:

To read Matt’s message about the gaol, please follow the link below:


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