West Berkshire Museum

What’s On -

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 (Sold out) | 01 December 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...

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...

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...

Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market | 11 November 10:00

If you are looking for hand crafted and unique gifts then come along to Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market at the Museum this Christmas! With a stunning display...

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...

Touch to See | 08 January 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: 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

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...

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,...

Workshops: Still Life: Construction, Light and Colour | 21 February 10:00

Using interesting items from the museum collection you will put together your composition using construction (size and proportion); light (building up your picture in tone); and colour (applying colour, texture...

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...

Arts & Culture Passport | 01 October 10:00

The Arts & Culture Passport is a free resource, suitable for children aged 5 - 12. The initiative encourages young people to explore the creative provision of each venue and...

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

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: 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...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 06 April 10:00

Delightful decorations Choose between making an Easter sign, masquerade mask, and decorating a wooden coaster or a wooden flower. There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while...

Touch to See | 09 April 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...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 13 April 10:00

Dress to Impress Choose between making a fan, top hat or any of the crafts still available from last week. Then go and try on the historical costumes in the...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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 19:15

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...

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...

Workshop: Willow for the Garden | 08 June 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a simple garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden.  Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques that you...

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. The...

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...

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...

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: 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...

Special Exhibition: The Greatest Show on Earth | 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...

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: 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...