West Berkshire Museum

What’s On -

Talk: The Archaeology of Lambourn and its Downs | 18 July 13:00

This talk by Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) member, Bob Brewer, will give an overview to the archaeology of the six millennia of settlement on Lambourn Downs (4000BC-400AD) and in...

Talk: The Berkshire Downs | 25 July 13:00

The contribution of voluntary archaeology to our understanding of the past. Janet Firth from the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) will talk about the 1964 excavation of the Neolithic Lambourn...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 27 July 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

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...

Dig it! | 27 July 11:00

Drop-in and meet members of the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG) and handle real Stone and Bronze Age artefacts.  Become a trainee archaeologist by digging in a ‘test pit’ and...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Camera Club | 04 July 10:00

4 - 29 July 2018. A selection of new work from Newbury Camera Club. Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are most welcomed. Wednesday - Sunday 10am...

Burghfield Library: Pop-up archaeology exhibition | 01 June 10:00

1 June - 30 July 2018. A pop-up exhibition showcasing the parish’s archaeology and local history. The exhibition is being created by West Berkshire Heritage - a service provided by West...

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...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 04 August 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

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...

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...

Summer: Arts Award Explore | 26 July 10:00

Don’t be bored this summer – come to West Berkshire Museum’s art and craft holiday club on Thursday mornings (10.30am-11.45am) for five weeks and be an Arts Award Explorer; this...

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...

Special Exhibition: Yattendon | 01 August 10:00

1 - 26 August 2018. The parish and its history as explored by its youngest residents from the local primary school. Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are...

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...

Bats at the Museum | 31 August 19:30

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 September 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Special Exhibition: 70 Years A Showman | 30 May 10:00

30 May 2018 - 2 September 2018 An exhibition to coincide with the UK's celebration of 250 years of circus. Looking at the history and traditions of circus culture and...

Special Exhibition: Still Digging up the Past | 02 May 10:00

Opens Wednesday 2 May 2018. Berkshire Archaeology Research Group celebrates 60 years of revealing West Berkshire's fascinating history. From excavations and fieldwalking to geophysical surveys and testpits – come and...

Their Legacy, Our History | 08 September 10:00

A family friendly event that will immerse visitors in wartime home front activities, taking place in and around Market Place, Newbury. As well as interactive displays and exhibitions, talks and...

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...

Talk: From Villa to Village | 19 September 19:00

The role of voluntary archaeology in uncovering Roman, Saxon and Medieval Berkshire Some Timed to accompany an exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, this...

Workshops: Ceramic Candle Holder | 22 September 10:00

Starting with clay as the raw material, you will learn to make your own unique candle holder inspired by nature using a variety of techniques. This workshop is suitable for...

Workshops: Painting Birds | 26 September 10:00

Using specimens from the museum collection we will work with watercolour, pencil, pen and wash. There will be individual help and group discussion around examples of work by painters of...

Special Exhibition: From Marazion to Marakesh | 05 September 10:00

5 - 30 September 2018. An exhibition of atmospheric and evocative paintings from local artist Kevin Scully Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are most welcomed. Wednesday -...

Workshops: Common Words | 30 September 14:00

Celebrate the continuing history of Greenham Common by turning your memories and experiences of the site into a poem. West Berkshire poet Steve will guide participants through the creation of...

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...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 06 October 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Touch to See | 08 October 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...

Talk: A History of Greenham Common Airfield 1941-1992 | 17 October 19:00

Covering the life, operations and highlights of the history of the airfield. Starting with a look back at how the base started as one of a number of local airfields...

Family Storytelling | 24 October 10:30

Food for your ears! Family friendly interactive storytelling session themed around food, to tie-in with the Food Stories exhibition – more details to follow www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on Suitable for children 4-7 years;...

Arts & Culture Passport Day | 25 October 10:00

Achieve your Discover Arts Award in a day!  Start at the Corn Exchange with some fun introductory activities and then move to the museum to do a Halloween-themed craft activity,...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 26 October 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 | 26 October 10:00

Spooky skulls Make a skull out of modelling clay and then paint its features to make a spookily good Halloween decoration. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children...

Museums at Night – Dragon Hunt | 26 October 17:15

Family friendly event involving a FREE dragon hunt through a dark or dimly lit museum - please bring a torch.  Blaze, the museum dragon, has a number of dragon friends who have...

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...

Workshops: Ceramic Christmas Trees *SOLD OUT* | 03 November 10:00

*Please note, this workshop has now sold out. Come along and learn how to create your own handmade set of three individual stylish Christmas trees, colour them to fit in...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 03 November 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 09 November 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 10 November 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Touch to See | 12 November 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...

Talk: Memorials of the Great War in West Berkshire | 14 November 19:00

Local historian Phil Wood will take a look at the wide variety of memorials commemorating individuals lost in World War I as well as the fallen from towns, villages, churches...

Workshops: Ceramic Christmas Trees | 17 November 10:00

Come along and learn how to create your own handmade set of three individual stylish Christmas trees, colour them to fit in with your home. Great to keep or give...

Talk: Thatcham and the Great War | 21 November 19:00

Local historian Dr Nick Young will look back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas | 30 November 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive season.  Along the way we will explore different...

Christmas Family Craft Workshop | 01 December 10:30

Paper sculpture Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 December 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 07 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with a brief talk about the history of the Christmas tree and its decorations followed by hands- on painting of 4 ceramic Christmas decorations of your...

Touch to See | 10 December 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...

Talk: Raleigh-ing to the Cause | 12 December 19:00

The Bicycle in Wartime This talk by Tony Hadland traces the use of the bicycle for military purposes, starting as early as 1817. The story takes us many places, including...

Special Exhibition: Greenham – War and Peace | 27 September 10:00

Runs until December 2018. Celebrating the history of Greenham Common to coincide with Greenham Common Trust’s 20th anniversary since the former RAF airbase was returned to nature. This exhibition looks...

Special Exhibition: Hoards | 24 January 10:00

Opens January 24th 2018. Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire.  A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging...

Talk: Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | 16 January 19:00

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie....

Talk: In Praise of Apples | 13 February 19:00

The talk by Charlotte Popescu, author of The Apple Cookbook, will include the social history and history of apples with lots of information on apple varieties and the best tasting...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...

Special Exhibition: Food Stories | 12 September 10:00

Opens Wednesday 12 September 2018. This community exhibition tells of West Berkshire’s food history as well as family recipes and food traditions, which are often tied to a cultural or religious...

Evening Class: 2,000 Years Around Newbury | 15 January 12:00

An introduction to the history of the Newbury area over 2,000 years, covering a different period each week which will include major events, people and architecture from the Romans to...

Talk: A Peek into the Lives of Berkshire Women during the 19th Century | 20 March 19:00

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where...

Talk: Jack of Newbury | 24 April 19:00

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign, for export across Europe. This left him wealthy and allowed him to...

Special Exhibition: How We Remember | 03 October 10:00

3 October 2018 – 23 June 2019 | Personal Histories from World War One  Commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One, this exhibition focuses on the histories...

Special Exhibition: The Way We Were in West Berkshire | 16 January 10:00

16 January  – 30 September 2019. A collaborative exhibition with the Newbury and Thatcham Past and Present Facebook group using objects and photographs from the museum collection to collect memories...

Special Exhibition: Connections and Collections | 10 April 10:00

Opens 10 April 2019. From the earliest inhabitants who brought coins and tools from the continent to high speed connections by train and telephone, objects from the collection are brought...