Museum Collections

The museum collects material that helps to give people a Sense of Place, understanding what West Berkshire has been, is now and will be in the future. The items in our collections are used in exhibitions, educational activities, research and community projects. They help people to engage with their own individual and community history as well as that of West Berkshire.

We have a wide range of material in our collections covering art, science and history and culture. We have internationally important finds from the Mesolithic period of the Stone Age and nationally important collections of Egyptology and material from the English Civil War.

We are still collecting and are particularly interested in material relating to the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. If you have something you think we might want, please have a look at our Acquisition and Disposal Policy which sets out what we can and can’t accept and an example of the approval confirmation that you will receive.

The museum is currently working to get all of its collections online.

We welcome interest in the collections and if you would like to see any item we hold for research or personal interest, please contact the collections team to make an appointment. As the collections are stored away from the museum, we need some notice to retrieve and prepare objects.

Collecting Archaeology
West Berkshire Museum is the collecting museum for archaeological archives derived from any site researched or investigated within the unitary authority of West Berkshire. Click here to find out more.

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