The UoR Reading Room

Three artworks by Robert Fitzmaurice, inspired by the life and work of Eve Balfour
work on view: from Monday 4th April. Please sign in at the desk and observe Reading Room rules
address: The Special Collections Reading Room, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX, tel: 0118 378 8660


Eve Balfour (born in 1898) graduated in agriculture from Reading University in 1918. Her research into the importance of soil and methods of farming upon health led on to her pioneering work in the Haughley Experiment and the publishing of her best-seller ‘The Living Soil’. In 1945 she founded the Soil Association and for the rest of her life remained both a figurehead and a tireless campaigner for the organic movement.

“After reading and research on a variety of subjects in the Special Collections I found myself returning repeatedly to Eve Balfour. I present these three works as distilled and imaginative responses to her life and work. It is my hope that for the time these works are exhibited at MERL they augment the studies of both the academic and casual visitor by presenting them with visual prompts to look deeper into her experiments and contribution to the health of the nation.”

Robert Fitzmaurice

Red soil remembered

Red soil remembered, mixed media on panel, 30×40 cm, 2016



On the farm by 6

On the farm by 6, mixed media on panel, 30×40 cm, 2016



Make work your hobby...

Make work your hobby… mixed media on panel, 30×40 cm, 2016