Jackson’s Department Store opened in Reading in 1875. Jacksons Corner has occupied a special place in Reading's history and memory ever since.
Jacksons was best-known for its traditional approach to customer service. Customers would be individually served by staff from handmade wooden cabinets. Generations of school children, as well as Scouts, Guides, and Brownies, all flocked to Jacksons for their latest uniforms.
Jacksons remained a family-owned business for 138 years, until its closure in 2013. The building still stands, and was recently converted into apartments and retail space. As part of the development, the famous Hollywood-style signage has been retained. Jacksons Corner will live on as a Reading landmark for generations to come.
Jacksons of Reading is a new community display created by Thomas Macey. Mr Macey has an unrivalled knowledge of the shop’s history and served for many years on the shop's floor. The display features two precise replica models (commissioned by Mr Macey) of Jacksons Corner and the early shopfront, as well as Mr Macey’s unique collection of Jackson’s ephemera and artefacts. It guarantees a journey down memory lane for visitors both young and old.
This display opens on Tuesday the 18th of May and will be displayed in the museum’s Show and Tell community display until the 31st of July.