West Berkshire Museum

What’s On -

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

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

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

2 - 27 August 2017. 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. Our...

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

Runs until 27 August 2017. 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...

Family Activity Day – Messy Museum 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...

Discover Arts Award | 24 July 10:00

Looking for something fun to do this summer holiday? Why not do your Discover Arts Award at the museum and become an Arts Award Explorer... Arts Award is offered at...

Workshop: Needle Felting | 08 September 10:00

Spend a day needle felting to create wonderfully colourful animals using whisper soft, un-spun sheep's wool.  You will discover hoe, working with a barbed felting needle, you can knit the...

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 Day – Museum | 07 September 10:00

Drop into the museum to pick up a specially designed trail - one available for adults and another for children - based around the historic buildings that house the museum:...

Touch to See | 11 September 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

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...

Workshop: Reading Old Handwriting | 22 September 10:15

Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting?  Senior Archivist, Ivonne Turnbull from Berkshire Record Office will give you an introduction to reading handwriting from the past, with practical...

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

30 June - 24 September 2017. 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...

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

30 August - 1 October 2017. New work from the Kennet Valley Weavers, Spinners & Dyers the group will also be running free workshops at the museum throughout August, see...

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...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 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...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 06 October 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month  West Berkshire Museum, 2pm - 3.30pm Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes...

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...

Touch to See | 09 October 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Workshop: Drawing & Painting Animals and Birds | 11 October 10:00

During this workshop we will looking at examples of animal studies and paintings by well known artists such as George Stubbs, Albercht Durer and Henry Moore and then explore how...

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...

English Civil War Family Fun Day | 14 October 10:00

Are you a Roundhead or a Cavalier? Make up your mind at our FREE English Civil War Family Fun Day. Drop-in and meet the historical re-enactors from the English Civil War Society...

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...

Messy Museum Day | 26 October 10:00

Printmaking - part of Black History Month 2017.  Using African designs as inspiration you’ll make your own repeating pattern using various forms of printing including potato, leaf and tile.  Dress...

Messy Museum Day | 27 October 10:00

Revolting rats!  Make a Halloween decoration in the form of a rat by using a polystyrene egg, pipe cleaners and other craft materials. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be...

Museums at Night – Dragon Hunt | 27 October 17:30

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 | 02 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...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 03 November 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

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

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 choice out of a vast collection...

Touch to See | 13 November 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

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,...

Special Exhibition: Paper, People and Print | 01 November 10:00

Opens 1 November 2017.  Paper making has a long history in West Berkshire, starting from small mills making paper to large factories in the 20th century like Reeds, later Fields...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas | 01 December 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...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 01 December 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 December 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: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

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 choice out of a vast collection...

Touch to See | 11 December 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

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...

Family Activity Day – Christmas Crafts | 21 December 10:00

Make a Victorian-inspired Christmas card out of Victorian scraps, sticky lace and other craft materials. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No...

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

Runs until 31 December 2017. 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....

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 January 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns - 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake. ...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

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...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 February 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 – Tracks Across the Common | 27 September 10:00

Opens 27 September 2017. 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...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 02 February 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Clay Tile/ Brooch Printing | 10 February 13:00

Learn to roll slabs of porcelain paper clay to make individual decorative tiles and brooches. Starting with a piece of lino you will cut a simple form inspired by images...

Touch to See | 12 February 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 15 February 10:00

Be illuminated! – decorate an illuminated letter, as you would have seen in an Anglo-Saxon manuscript created by monks, using felt tip pens, gold paint and other craft materials. Dress...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 16 February 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 – Skilful Saxons | 16 February 10:00

Go potty! – make a small Saxon pot out of air-drying clay and decorate it using replica stamps. Dress for mess!  Disposable aprons will be provided.  Visit the permanent exhibition,...

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...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 March 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 | 12 March 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

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...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Green Man | 24 March 10:00

Come and have fun learning how to create your own garden 'Green Man' using a robust stoneware clay suitable for all weathers. You will be making and cutting a slab...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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: 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...