West Berkshire Museum

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Talk: Thatcham and the Great War | 21 November 19:00

Local historian Dr Nick Young will look back at the soldiers from Thatcham that took part in the Great War as well as looking at what Thatcham itself was like...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas *SOLD OUT* | 30 November 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...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas *SOLD OUT* | 23 November 10:30

*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...

Christmas Family Craft Workshop | 01 December 10:30

Paper sculpture Learn how to construct a paper sculpture based on cutting, curling and folding paper. Choose to make either a Father Christmas head with a lift-off hat or a...

Tour and Tea – West Berkshire Museum | 01 December 13:30

Join us at the museum for a guided tour ‘the highlights of the permanent museum’ followed by tea and homemade cake in the museum’s on site café.  The tour is led...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 07 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with 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...

Workshops: Painting Ceramic Christmas Decorations | 08 December 10:00

This popular workshop starts with 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...

Touch to See | 10 December 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: Raleigh-ing to the Cause | 12 December 19:00

The Bicycle in Wartime This talk by Tony Hadland traces the use of the bicycle for military purposes, starting as early as 1817. The story takes us many places, including...

Special Exhibition: Greenham – War and Peace | 27 September 10:00

Runs until December 2018. 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...

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...

Touch to See | 14 January 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Talk: Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice | 16 January 19:00

Every November many homes in Europe and North America still waft with the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, cinnamon infused mulled wine and richly spiced fruitcake, puddings and pumpkin pie....

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 February 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Touch to See | 11 February 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Talk: In Praise of Apples | 13 February 19:00

The talk by Charlotte Popescu, author of The Apple Cookbook, will include the social history and history of apples with lots of information on apple varieties and the best tasting...

Family Art Workshop – Fascinating Fossils | 21 February 10:00

Get hands-on with some of the museum’s fossil collection while the Armadillo Art Experience teach you how to draw, colour and paint your own fun versions of how they look...

Messy Museum Day | 22 February 10:00

Fabulous fossils  Make your own fossil from a replica mini-beast using clay, Plaster of Paris and foil. While waiting for the fossil to set, why not visit the museum galleries...

Special Exhibition: Christopher Hall Retrospective | 14 November 10:00

14 November 2018 to 24 February 2019. Featuring 30 paintings, not only of local interest, but also subjects from Wales, mainland Europe, and the United States. In addition to these paintings,...

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...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 March 11:00

Come and meet Blaze, the museum dragon, and join in with an action poem, story, simple craft, treasure hunt and sing-a-long! Held in the museum’s comfortable and child-friendly learning space,...

Workshops: Green Man | 09 March 10:30

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...

Touch to See | 11 March 10:30

The Corn Exchange hosts a monthly get-together for blind and visually impaired residents of West Berkshire. Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am–12pm at...

Evening Class: 2,000 Years Around Newbury | 15 January 12:00

An introduction to the history of the Newbury area over 2,000 years, covering a different period each week which will include major events, people and architecture from the Romans to...

Talk: A Peek into the Lives of Berkshire Women during the 19th Century | 20 March 19:00

Compared to other counties in 19th century England, why is there little or no information written about the women of Berkshire? Who were they, what did they do and where...

Microscopic Signs of Spring | 12 April 10:00

What can you see under the microscope? Local Wildlife Trust expert Martin Woolner will be on hand with microscopes and an array of remarkable mini-beasts and plants to view up-close....

Crazy Craft Day: Delightful decorations | 12 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Crazy Craft Day: Dress to impress | 18 April 10:00

There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while stocks last).  You can pick the craft you wish to do and complete it using the craft materials available....

Talk: Jack of Newbury | 24 April 19:00

Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing cloth on an industrial scale in Newbury during Henry VIII’s reign, for export across Europe. This left him wealthy and allowed him to...

Workshops: Willow for the Garden | 03 May 10:30

Join us to make a garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden. Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques that you can use to create...

Workshops: Kiln Carving | 10 May 10:30

Kiln carving is a simple kiln forming process which adds texture and relief to glass. It refers to the “carving” effect given to the glass which takes place in the...

Workshops: Watercolour Painting on Location | 17 May 10:30

Friday 17 May Session 1: Shaw House Learn how to record what you see in order to create a series of study sketches using watercolour paints directly. During the first...

Family Art Workshop: Roundheads & Cavaliers | 30 May 10:00

Get a closer look at some of 17th century objects from the museum’s Civil War collection and learn to draw them with the Armadillo Art Experience, along with famous people...

Family Activity Day: Fly your flag! | 31 May 10:00

Design and make a colour inspired by the Civil War flags carried by roundhead and cavalier regiments, using calico, fabric crayons, a stick and other materials.  This year marks the...

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 31 May 21:00

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...

Workshops: Delft Tile Painting | 21 June 10:30

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...

Special Exhibition: How We Remember | 03 October 10:00

3 October 2018 – 23 June 2019 | Personal Histories from World War One  Commemorating the centenary of the end of World War One, this exhibition focuses on the histories...

Talk: Swifts in Newbury | 26 June 19:00

A walk and a talk by local bird expert, Ailsa Claybourn, about these amazing birds who are disappearing from our skies, and how we can help them. Did you know...

Workshops: Willow Bird Feeder | 05 July 10:30

In this workshop we will be making a variety of willow bird feeders for use in your garden. Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques, giving you an...

Messy Museum Days: Beautiful Brooches | 02 August 10:00

Make a Saxon saucer brooch out of air-drying clay, gold paint, acrylic gems and a brooch pin.  Then go and see the saucer brooch in our permanent exhibition, and why...

Messy Museum Days: Marvellous Mosaics | 09 August 10:00

Make a Roman mosaic coaster with tiles and grout. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to book, drop in. Dress for mess!  Disposable...

Messy Museum Days: Wonderful Walls | 16 August 10:00

Make a Roman wall painting by creating a wall (tile) from air-drying clay and then applying the acrylic paints to the damp clay. For 4-11 year olds but younger and...

Messy Museum Days: Spectacular Scarabs | 23 August 10:00

Make a model 3D scarab beetle out of polystyrene shapes, card, Deco pens and metallic paint. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No need to...

Messy Museum Days: Perfectly Potty | 30 August 10:00

Make a prehistoric pot from air-drying clay, using real and replica ones as inspiration. You’ll use Stone Age-inspired tools such as twigs and feathers to make patterns on your pot....

Talk: Bats at the Museum | 30 August 20:00

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...

Workshops: Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers | 31 August 13:00

Braiding and tapestry weaving Saturday 31 August They are really easy and can be used in everyday life, before you know it the whole family will want to do try...

Heritage Open Days | 14 September 10:00

Heritage Open Days is England's biggest heritage festival. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences - all...

Special Exhibition: The Way We Were in West Berkshire | 16 January 10:00

16 January  – 30 September 2019. A collaborative exhibition with the Newbury and Thatcham Past and Present Facebook group using objects and photographs from the museum collection to collect memories...