West Berkshire Museum

What’s On -

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Indoor Planter | 21 April 13:00

Starting with clay as the raw material you will learn to coil and strap clay and manipulate it to creating a small individual indoor planter. You will then enhance the...

Workshop: Paper Making | 27 April 12:00

To tie in with the museum’s exhibition Paper, People & Print, this workshop will begin with a brief talk on the history of paper making in the local area, this...

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...

Special Exhibition: Christopher Hall Retrospective | 01 May 10:00

6 June – 1 July 2018. Looking at the life and work of the highly respected local artist Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are most welcomed. Wednesday...

Special Exhibition: Cover to Cover | 01 May 10:00

12 May - 4 June 2018. An Open Studios artists sketchbook exchange project. Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are most welcomed. Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm

Special Exhibition: Crime and Punishment | 01 May 10:00

May 2017 - May 2018. A history of crime in West Berkshire with illustrated accounts of crime and punishment from the Martyrs of Newbury to the last use of stocks...

Special Exhibition: From Marazion to Marakesh | 01 May 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 -...

Special Exhibition: Invisible Threads | 01 May 10:00

2 May - 3 June 2018. Work by a selection of Open Studios artists. Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free, but donations are most welcomed. Wednesday - Sunday 10am -...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Camera Club | 01 May 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...

Special Exhibition: The Knitted Fence | 01 May 10:00

28 March - 29 April 2018. An exhibition of artworks made by community participants and artists Sally Payen and Jaime Jackson; inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and the Lynette Edwell...

Special Exhibition: Yattendon | 01 May 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...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 05 May 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 | 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...

Meet the Archaeologists | 16 May 14:00

Come along and meet Sarah and Abi from the West Berkshire Council Archaeology Service to find out about the Historic Environment Record and what the service can do for you. Do...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 18 May 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...

Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery | 23 May 12:00

A company of Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is in residence for the second week of the Newbury Spring Festival. They will be working at the West Berkshire...

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...

Bats at the museum | 01 June 20:30

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 | 02 June 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...

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...

*Sold Out* Workshop: Willow for the Garden | 08 June 10:00

*Please note this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a simple garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden.  Along the way...

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...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 22 June 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...

Talk: The Armourer’s Dilemma: Armour and Firearms in the British Civil Wars | 22 June 19:00

By the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century gunpowder weaponry had come to radically affect the nature of warfare. Increasing numbers of infantry and cavalry were equipped with firearms and...

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. Infantry,...

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...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 20 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...