Special Exhibition: Something Old, Something New

01 November 10:00

Runs until 30 November 2017. 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 is the bridal gown, used to reflect the religion or culture of the wedding participants. This fascinating exhibition features some of the dresses from the museum’s collection that have all been worn at weddings in West Berkshire and beautifully illustrate the changing styles, colours and materials throughout history.

The exhibition features dresses from the 1860’s to the 1970’s including the stunning dress worn by Sue Hopson when she married David Hopson of the famous Newbury store Camp Hopson in 1957.

The most recent dress exhibited has been lent by Julia Ward, which was crocheted for her in 1979 by the manager of the wool shop where she worked in Northbrook Street.


Our second floor galleries host a series of special exhibitions, along with Gallery 5 which can be hired to display original artwork, sculpture and crafts.

Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm.