Lives and Landscapes
Our permanent exhibition tells the story of West Berkshire, from the rocks under our feet to the stories of the people who have lived here. Our early unnamed ancestors, well known characters like Jack of Newbury and our most recent families - together they have created the towns and villages, roads and canals, fields and farms, industries, pastimes and organisations that we know today.
This exhibition looks at historic local events which have had international resonance such as the Greenham Common protests and national events such as the battles of Newbury which are featured alongside quieter leisure pursuits such as horse racing and theatre going.
Our second floor galleries host a series of special exhibitions, along with Gallery 5 which can be hired to display original artwork, sculpture and crafts. For more information about the current exhibitions please click here.
We are a modern, community museum working with, listening to and welcoming everyone who lives, works in or visits West Berkshire. Our friendly team is a mixture of staff and volunteers working together to give visitors a fun visit.
We encourage everyone to enjoy their visit in their own way. We welcome photography and sharing on social media, we want to hear your comments and we provide family-friendly activities throughout the galleries.
Visitors can buy a range of books and souvenirs in the museum shop. These range from pocket money gifts to specialist books on local topics.
Entry is free but donations are most welcome as they help us to buy new items to display, maintain our historic buildings and
conserve our collections.
The museum café serves hot drinks, including freshly made coffee and hot chocolate. Cold drinks in adult or child portions are also available. We offer a range of cakes and slices made by a local baker in addition to several gluten free options. Allergy advice is available from our staff. The café operates a loyalty scheme so don’t forget to pick up your card.
Our learning space, The Long Room, is available to hire for community groups and clubs. The Cloth Hall, on the second floor, is ideal for meetings and events. We also hire exhibition space in Gallery 5 to display original artwork, sculpture and crafts.
|Monday||Closed (except Bank Holidays)|
|Wednesday||Open 10am – 4pm|
|Thursday||Open 10am – 4pm|
|Friday||Open 10am – 4pm|
|Saturday||Open 10am – 4pm|
|Sunday||Open 10am – 4pm|