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Heritage Walk: Central Newbury | 04 August 11:30

A walk taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, Northcroft Lane and the south of Northbrook Street with its alleyways, showing Newbury’s history from the Domesday...

Heritage Walk: Market Place and Cheap Street | 06 August 14:30

Starting in the Market Place, the site of the Guildhall, the stocks and Queen Victoria’s statue, and then following a path towards the railway station, including the site of the...

Heritage Walk: In the Footsteps of Newbury Artists | 13 August 14:30

A guided walk within the mainly pedestrian town centre to see how artists have interpreted Newbury’s buildings and street scenes between the 1780s and the mid-20th century.  In the days...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 16 August 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 16th August 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Heritage Walk: Bartholomew Street and The City | 20 August 14:30

A walk through Newbury’s past led by Phil Wood, taking in Bartholomew Street on the way to The City. Almshouses and breweries, churches and pubs, bombs and burial grounds: tales...

Heritage Walk: Central Newbury | 28 August 14:30

A walk taking in the Market Place, Newbury Wharf, Victoria Park, Newbury Lock, Northcroft Lane and the south of Northbrook Street with its alleyways, showing Newbury’s history from the Domesday...

Linking the Landscape: Bats in town | 08 September 19:15

Did you know one bat can eat 3000 insects in a night? Find out lots more amazing facts about bats on this Local Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) talk and walk by...

Heritage Open Days – Shaw House | 09 September 10:00

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. Visitors will be able to self navigate their way...

Heritage Walk: Northbrook Street & Speenhamland | 10 September 14:30

A walk along Northbrook Street to the Clock Tower, to talk about Newbury during the coaching era, and the Speenhamland System.  Along the way it takes in a range of...

Heritage Walk: First Battle of Newbury 1643 | 17 September 14:30

A two hour walk from the Royalist positions on the eve of battle, through ‘no man’s land’ to where parliament gained a foothold on the high ground at Round Hill....

Talk: Death, Debt and Discrimination: Crime in Victorian Newbury | 20 September 13:00

Ros Clow leads the History Group of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery.  Wile researching people buried there, through inquest and court reports in local and national newspapers, Ros has...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 20 September 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 20th September 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: “True Newes from Neubery”: 17th Century pamphlets and their tales of radical religion | 20 September 19:00

In 1647 a pamphlet of ‘True Newes from Neubery’ was printed in London. This pamphlet describes the antics of the ‘Newbury Anabaptists’, and represents just one of the many sensationalist...

Talk: Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace | 04 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Talk: Plants and Wildlife on Greenham Common | 06 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Talk: Flight from Uganda: No sense for what the future held | 13 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Walk: The First Battle of Newbury | 15 October 14:00

A walk through 4,500 years of history - from the Falkland Memorial along Essex Street, through the royalist and parliamentary positions to the spot where Lord Falkland fell and the...

Talk: Lord Falkland – his life, times, death and memorial | 18 October 19:00

A talk by local historian Dave Stubbs on the story of how a sensitive, educated academic found himself catapulted into politics, and died stripped and bloody in a suicidal cavalry...

Talk: Living with the Americans | 20 October 19:00

This short series of special talks is to tie-in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War & Peace exhibition opening at the museum in September 2017.  This exhibition is centred...

Talk: The Real Downton Abbey | 09 November 19:30

The Friends of the West Berkshire Museum are delighted to present this very special and insightful talk by Lady Carnarvon; Highclere Castle has in recent years achieved world-wide fame as...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 15 November 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 15th November 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: Wining & Dining in the 17th Century | 15 November 19:00

We are familiar with how filmmakers portray banquets during the English Civil Wars – plenty of clashing goblets and everyone gnawing on a plump chicken or a haunch of venison,...

Talk: Jane Austen and the Military | 13 December 19:00

In Jane Austen's 41 years of life, Great Britain was at war or under threat of invasion for all but ten of those years. Although Jane's works lack specific detail...

Talk: The Origins of Roman Silchester (Calleva) | 17 January 19:00

Recent and ongoing excavations within and around the Roman town of Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) have shed important light on its pre-Roman origins.  These discoveries about Iron Age Calleva will be...

Talk: Newbury’s Roman Cemetery | 21 February 19:00

In the middle of the 19th century, a large Roman cemetery was discovered in an area now near Sainsbury's in Newbury.  The cemetery was quickly destroyed, and poorly documented.  Local historian...

Talk: The Curridge Hoard: Brass Coins from 3rd century Roman Britain | 21 March 19:00

In 1998 a pot of Roman coins was discovered at Curridge, Berkshire. Although it contained everyday Roman brasses and coppers produced from the first to the third centuries AD they...

Talk: Living in West Berkshire in Roman Times | 18 April 19:00

In Roman times, the River Kennet was probably a boundary between the Atrebates civitas in the south and the Dobunii civitas in the north and Thatcham was a settlement on...