West Berkshire Museum

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Family Discovery Day | 01 April 11:00

Join us for a fun packed day at the museum where you can explore what is on offer for families with a series of free medieval themed activities. 11.00-11.30am Experience...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 April 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 05 April 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 06 April 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 6th April, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is squirrels. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Greenham: War and Peace: Silk Banner Painting | 29 March 10:00

Join artist Ali Pretty as she waxes and paints 10 beautiful giant silk banners that tell the amazing story of Greenham Common. Dates:   Wednesday 29th March to Friday 31st...

Family Activity Day | 13 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 13th April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Egg decorating Make and decorate a polystyrene egg with Deco pens, sequins and sequin pins. Finish with a loop of...

Family Activity Day | 20 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 20th April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme:  Crazy Craft Days There will be at least three crafts to choose from each day (while stocks last). You can...

Family Activity Day | 21 April 10:00

West Berkshire Museum 21st April 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme:  Crazy Craft Days There will be at least three crafts to choose from each day (while stocks last). You can...

Local Heritage Roadshow | 22 April 10:00

Saturday 22nd April, 10am - 4pm West Berkshire Museum Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated...

Special Exhibition: Artikinesis Springtime Art Exhibition | 29 March 10:00

Original artwork inspired by the region from five local artists, each with their own individual, creative style. Gallery 5 Runs: 29 March – 23 April Our second floor galleries host...

Special Exhibition: Boxford Masques | 01 November 10:00

The Boxford Masques is a large scale community theatre performance held in the grounds of Welford Park, the next show will be in late July 2017. The Masques were originally...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 03 May 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 03 May 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 May 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 4th May, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is teapots. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 05 May 10:00

Friday 5th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the...

Linking the Landscape: Bats at the Museum | 05 May 20:00

  West Berkshire Museum 5th May 2017, 8pm – 9.30pm Did you know one bat can eat 3000 insects in a night? Find out lots more amazing facts about bats on...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 17 May 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 17th May 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Talk: Thatcham in old photographs | 17 May 19:00

Wednesday 17th May, 7pm - 8pm West Berkshire Museum A talk by Dr Nick Young to tie-in with one of our current exhibitions, Thatcham Remembered. The talk will include a...

Workshops: Introduction to landscape painting | 19 May 10:00

Friday 19th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 12 noon, £25 Gathering information This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own landscapes watercolours...

Special Exhibition: Photographs and Jewellery | 26 April 10:00

A joint exhibition of stunning photographs and unique jewellery from Open Studios artists Simon Ball and Jo Arkell. Gallery 5 Runs: 26 April – 21 May Our second floor galleries...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour I | 26 May 10:00

Friday 26th May West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Washes and mark making techniques This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Special Exhibition: Cover to Cover | 29 April 10:00

A display of 30 sketchbooks each on a theme that have been exchanged amongst Open Studios artists for a period of 6 months.  The results are fascinating, showing the transformation...

Family Activity Day | 01 June 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 1st June 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Messy Museum Days,  Beautiful brooches Make a jewelled Anglo Saxon brooch from modelling clay, gems, gold paint and badge pin. Then...

Family Activity Day | 02 June 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 2nd June 2017, 10am - 3pm Theme: Messy Museum Days,  Beautiful brooches Make a jewelled Anglo Saxon brooch from modelling clay, gems, gold paint and badge pin. Then...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 07 June 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 07 June 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 08 June 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 8th June, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is otters. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour II | 09 June 10:00

Friday 9th June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Composition: Sky is the limit This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Workshops: Landscapes in Watercolour III | 16 June 10:00

Friday 16th June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £30 Seasonal moods: branches, leaves, colours This workshop is equally suitable for the complete beginner who wants to start painting their own...

Special Exhibition: Thatcham Remembered | 01 November 10:00

The Thatcham Remembered exhibition features photographs from the museum collection, including many images of buildings which have since been demolished.  The images cover several themes from education, public occasions and streets...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 21 June 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 21st June 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 23 June 10:00

Friday 23rd June West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands,...

Workshops: Preserving Your Family Memorabilia | 30 June 12:00

Friday 30th June West Berkshire Museum 12pm – 4pm, £25 Discover how to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, treasured documents, important family history items, collectibles, artwork and antiques....

Special Exhibition: Home-Start West Berkshire | 24 May 10:00

An exhibition presented by Home-Start West Berkshire to celebrate 100 years of parenting. Gallery 5 Runs: 24 May  - 2 July Our second floor galleries host a series of special...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 July 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 05 July 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

Blaze’s Buddies | 06 July 11:00

West Berkshire Museum 6th July, 11am - 11.30am Today's theme is puppets. Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 07 July 10:00

Friday 7th July West Berkshire Museum 10am – 1pm, £40 Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the...

Archaeological Finds Surgery | 19 July 14:00

  West Berkshire Museum 19th July 2017, 2pm - 4pm, FREE Bring in any objects you have discovered in your garden or out metal detecting to be identified and recorded...

Family Activity Day | 28 July 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 28th July 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Cave art Do some cave painting on a clay tile using twigs,...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Camera Club | 05 July 10:00

The camera club present a new collection of spectacular prints for their new 2017 exhibition. Gallery 5 Runs: 5 July – 31 July Our second floor galleries host a series...

Family Activity Day | 04 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 4th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Go potty! Make a Neolithic pot from clay using some replica ones as...

Family Activity Day | 11 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 11th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Magnificent mummies Make a mummy out of a clothes peg, modelling clay...

Workshops: Knitting and Crochet | 12 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

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...

Family Activity Day | 18 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 18th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Face it! Make a dace out of clay using replica Medieval and...

Workshops: Spinning and Weaving | 19 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Family Activity Day | 25 August 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 25th August 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Write stuff! Make a quill from a variety of craft materials and...

Workshops: Braiding | 26 August 13:00

West Berkshire Museum 1pm - 4pm, FREE In connection with their forthcoming exhibition at the museum, the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are running three workshops which are open...

Special Exhibition: Newbury Art Group | 02 August 10:00

Work from the museum collection chosen by the Newbury Art Group.  Members will be sketching in the galleries every Wednesday during the exhibition 11am-3pm. Gallery 5 Runs: 2 August –...

Special Exhibition: The Lie of the Land | 01 November 10:00

An exhibition of landscape paintings from the museum’s collection that have taken inspiration from West Berkshire’s beautiful and varied countryside, dating from the 19th century until the present day. The...

Family Activity Day | 01 September 10:00

  West Berkshire Museum 1st September 2017, 10am - 3pm It’s Friday Fun at the museum all summer! Mini masterpieces Paint in the style of Claude Monet and produce your...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 06 September 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 06 September 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

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...

Special Exhibition: Trophies and Tractors | 30 June 10:00

A look at the history of the Royal County of Berkshire Show, from its humble beginnings in 1909 to today’s highly respected agricultural and rural event. Gallery 6 Runs 30 June...

Special Exhibition: Warm and Wacky | 29 August 10:00

New work from the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners & Dyers the group will also be running free workshops at the museum throughout August, see workshop listings. Gallery 5 Runs: 30...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 04 October 10:30

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 10.30am - 12pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

Creation Station: Baby Discover | 04 October 13:30

Baby Discover is a monthly session for 6 - 18 months, running the first Wednesday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 1.30pm - 2.20pm These sessions begin in a really gentle way...

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...

Special Exhibition: Something Old, Something New | 01 November 10:00

Marriage and weddings have been at the heart of society for centuries but practice and tradition have changed. One long standing tradition that remains at the heart of wedding ceremonies...

Special Exhibition: Cabinets of Curiosity | 01 November 10:00

Taking inspiration from the long history of ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’, we have gathered together our own collection of strange and wonderful things from the collection. Gallery 10 Runs until 31 December...

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

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 in the local area. Gallery 7...