Reading Abbey Revealed
Reading Borough Council
Reading Abbey was founded by King Henry I as his burial church in 1121. In 2009, the Grade I listed building ruins were closed and for almost a decade, a dedicated conservation team have been working towards restoring it. We were commissioned to design a souvenir brochure and event literature for the Abbey’s grand re-opening.
Working from the existing Abbey Quarter guidelines, we designed a perfect bound, square format brochure, with embossed fold-over cover. Packed full of the Abbey’s history and its amazing conservation, we brought together quotes from everyone involved, historic and project timelines, original artwork from local artists and stunning photography from Chris Forsey et al.
The official re-opening of the Abbey Ruins coincided with the 29th Reading Water Fest. We brought the logo up-to-date with the Abbey Quarter look and feel, and designed a quad fold souvenir hand out to cover both events, with an illustrative map, photos and details of the day’s comprehensive programme. And the design even made it onto the BBC.
people visited Water Fest and the Abbey Ruins re-opening day
‘We really liked the souvenir programme. And thank you very much for your hard work on the design of the programme and map. Everybody found it very helpful on the day.’
Christelle Beaupoux, Project Manager