West Berkshire Museum

What’s On -

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 *SOLD OUT* | 17 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...

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 *SOLD OUT* | 30 November 10:00

*Please note, this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas | 23 November 10:30

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...