65 Years of Adult Learning!

65 years of adult learning

New Directions College 65th Anniversary Events and Heritage Exhibition is made possible with the Lottery Heritage Fund. 

65 years of adult learning

Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to plan a reflective exhibition in partnership with Reading Museum, to create a collection of unique records for posterity. This is a very special collection of history records, community art work done by current and former learners, volunteers and staff, as well as interviews with current and former learners, tutors and non-teaching staff of the College, which creates a wonderful historical backdrop of facts and information on the College and Adult Education in the past 65 years.

The Reading Museum will exhibit the collection in their Community Space, from the 14th November 2023 until June 2024.  Read the full press release here.


About Reading Museum

Reading Museum is located inside Reading Town Hall, one of the town’s most distinctive historic landmarks. Reading Museum has provided award-winning opportunities for learning, inspiration and enjoyment since 1883.

Collections include archaeology, art, natural history, ethnography and objects relating to Reading. The museum is free to enter, and activities for children and families are available all year round. There are regular holiday activity programmes and a wide range of tours and workshops throughout the year.


How to find the Museum

Reading Museum is located in the Town Hall, opposite the rear entrance of Marks & Spencer. The entrance is via glass doors on Blagrave Street, a two minute walk from the railway station and main bus stops. There is no parking on site.


Register for the anniversary events

As part of our 65th anniversary celebrations, we will be offering art courses and workshops at the museum.

Drawing on Location courses

Art In The Dark Drawing and Sculpture

Art in the Dark Hybrid Creature Collage