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Game of Queens – Charivari Agréable | 26 November 14:00

Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with a new matinée performance for 2017. Game of Queens tells the extraordinary story of the 16th century female monarchs,...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 01 December 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 03 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 3 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 December 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 11 December 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Old Christmas Return’d! – Piva | 15 December 20:00

Playing seasonal music from the 16th century, the show is designed to help ease you into the Christmas spirit. The Elizabethans would have celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas in...

A Christmas Carol – A Folk Opera – GreenMatthews | 18 December 19:30

The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic! GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the most thrilling Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. First published in 1843,...

Family Activity Day – Christmas Crafts | 21 December 10:00

Make a Victorian-inspired Christmas card out of Victorian scraps, sticky lace and other craft materials. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No...

Three Rivers Community Choir | 21 December 19:00

Join the Three Rivers Community Choir for a festive evening of carols and readings. Revel in the beautiful sounds of Christmas as the choir treats you to a programme of...

Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market | 11 November 10:00

If you are looking for hand crafted and unique gifts then come along to Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market at the Museum this Christmas! With a stunning display...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 January 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns - 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake. ...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 February 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 02 February 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Touch to See | 12 February 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day | 14 February 10:00

Ceramic heart decorations – using porcelain pens, create your own design on a heart-shaped ceramic hanging decoration. A new house trail will also be available. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 15 February 10:00

Be illuminated! – decorate an illuminated letter, as you would have seen in an Anglo-Saxon manuscript created by monks, using felt tip pens, gold paint and other craft materials. Dress...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 16 February 10:00

What can you see under the microscope?  Local Wildlife Trust experts will be on hand with microscopes, and an array of remarkable mini-beasts up-close.  Learn about this fascinating essential world...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 16 February 10:00

Go potty! – make a small Saxon pot out of air-drying clay and decorate it using replica stamps. Dress for mess!  Disposable aprons will be provided.  Visit the permanent exhibition,...

Arts & Culture Passport | 01 October 10:00

The Arts & Culture Passport is a free resource, suitable for children aged 5 - 12. The initiative encourages young people to explore the creative provision of each venue and...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 March 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Civil War at Shaw House: The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster | 10 March 11:00

Immerse yourself in history with a day out in the 17th Century. Discover what life was like for those who had to take up arms against their fellow countrymen. Witness...

Touch to See | 12 March 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day | 04 April 10:00

Bright Bunnies 10am - 3.30pm Make and decorate a wooden basket in the shape of a bunny, using Deco pens and the craft materials available. There will also be a...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 06 April 10:00

Delightful decorations Choose between making an Easter sign, masquerade mask, and decorating a wooden coaster or a wooden flower. There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while...

Spring Food and Craft Fair at Shaw House | 08 April 11:00

Spring is in the air and we are celebrating with the return of our Spring Food and Craft Fair. The House will be packed full of artisan food, drink and locally...

Touch to See | 09 April 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day | 11 April 10:00

Rocking Roosters 10am - 3.30pm Make a pecking chicken out of a coloured paper plate, feathers, wiggle eyes and a variety of other craft materials. There will also be a...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 13 April 10:00

Dress to Impress Choose between making a fan, top hat or any of the crafts still available from last week. Then go and try on the historical costumes in the...

Local Heritage Roadshow | 28 April 11:00

Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated to our local history and archaeology. Heritage staff will be...

Blaze’s Buddies | 03 May 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Shaw House School Open Weekend | 06 May 11:00

Commemorating 75 years since Shaw House became a school. Join us for a very special weekend where you will have the opportunity to access all area of the House which...

Touch to See | 14 May 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

A Brief History Of Music – GreenMatthews | 20 May 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show...

Family Activity Day | 30 May 10:00

Tremendous Trees 10am - 3.30pm Using the trees in the grounds of Shaw House as inspiration, make and decorate a wooden tree using Deco pens and a variety of craft...

Thumbelina – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 31 May 14:00

There was once a girl so small that she could float on a lily pad and ride on the back of a dragonfly. Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of a...

Family Activity Day – Cavalier or Roundhead? | 01 June 10:00

Make your own Civil War soldier out of a wooden peg, felt pieces, wool, chenille stems and other craft materials. This event is to tie-in with the re-enactment by English...

Open Air Sculpture Exhibition at Shaw House | 12 May 11:00

The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House will be transformed into a sculpture trail where you can discover artworks by local sculptors in this lovely historic setting. The exhibition is part...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 June 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 11 June 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Newbury I – 375th Anniversary of the First Battle of Newbury | 23 June 10:00

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society. The...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 July 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 09 July 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 25 July 10:00

Ruffing it with the Elizabethans 10am - 3.30pm Make a bejewelled Elizabethan ruff, a large collar worn around the neck by fashionable Tudors, out of card, gems and other craft...

Messy Museum Day | 27 July 10:00

Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2018 Iron Age coins – out of air-drying clay and gold paint make an Iron Age coin with a picture of a stylised horse...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 01 August 10:00

Make a Tudor character mask on a wooden stick from a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too. Children under 16 must be...

Messy Museum Day | 03 August 10:00

Roman bracelets Make a bejewelled roman bracelet in the shape a coiled serpent out of a craft roll, gold paint, gems and other craft materials. Then go and see the...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 08 August 10:00

Costumed courtiers 10am - 3.30pm Make a Tudor lady or gentleman fit for the Elizabethan court, from a craft roll, polystyrene ball, fabric, Deco pens and other craft materials.  ...

Messy Museum Day | 10 August 10:00

Roman lamps Make a Roman oil lamp out of air-drying clay. You can then go and find the real thing on display in the museum. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre | 13 August 18:00

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 15 August 10:00

Glorious gardens Make a collage of a Tudor garden on a panel or canvas using a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too....

Messy Museum Day | 17 August 10:00

Ceramic coasters With porcelain pens personalise your ceramic tile coaster, using as inspiration a Victorian sampler from our collection. Find out about 19th century in the permanent exhibition. £2 per...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 22 August 10:00

Terrific tygs 10am - 3.30pm  Make a Tudor tyg, a many handled sharing cup, from air-drying clay. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be made available for the messier activities....

Messy Museum Day | 24 August 10:00

Beautiful birds Decorate a wooden bird with Deco pens and patterned paper and then varnish (decoupage) as the Victorians would have done. Finally, attach a piece of ribbon for a...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 29 August 10:00

Make a stained glass window-effect Tudor Rose design using coloured cellophane and tissue paper. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds...

Messy Museum Day | 31 August 10:00

Pattern printing Using the museum’s Arts & Crafts copper jug by Elizabeth Waterhouse as inspiration, make your own nature-inspired stamp to print on fabric. £2 per child. For 4-11 year...

Touch to See | 10 September 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Heritage Open Day | 15 September 11:00

Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall.  Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the...

Heritage Open Days | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...