West Berkshire Museum

Image of recently refurbished West Berkshire Museum

The museum reopened after a four year reburbishment in August 2014. It has eleven galleries, all of which are temporary and will change every 3-12 months.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Wed-Sun 10am-4pm, Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-4pm.

Admission charges

Free entry.

Additional info

We are fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, and have toilet facilities as well as baby changing facilities. There is a lift at each end of the building and places to sit within the galleries. The museum also has a cafe serving light refreshments.

The museum has a Learning & Participation Officer who, among other things, offers object handling sessions for schools and community groups at the museum and across West Berkshire. For more information on the service then please contact the museum.

The Museum's Collections cover a range of subjects including:
· Archaeology
· Books
· Costume & Accessories
· Ephemera (eg programmes, certificates)
· Fine and Decorative Art
· Geology
· Maps
· Natural History
· Numismatics (coins and medals)
· Photographs
· Rural Life
· Social History
· Trade & Industry.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Natural Sciences, Inland Waterways, Industry, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Victoria Park Newbury: an early Mesolithic playground

  • 15 July 2015 1-2pm

Predictive mapping of the early prehistoric landscape in the Middle Kennet Valley by the University of Reading and Wessex Archaeology in partnership with West Berkshire Council and funded by Historic England has led to the recent discovery of a new and pristine Early Mesolithic site in Victoria Park. Dr Catherine Barnett will present the initial findings of a research excavation carried out there summer 2014 and will outline new data gained under the wider project on chronology, changes in environment and human activity around Newbury and Thatcham area in the centuries immediately following the end of the last ice age.


The tickets cost £2.50 per person.



A heritage walk around Inkpen Beacon, Combe Gibbet and Walbury Hill

  • 16 July 2015 7-8pm

An opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeology of Inkpen Beacon, Combe Gibbet and Walbury Hill with the West Berkshire Council Archaeological Officer – a fascinating landscape with elements dating from the prehistoric to the Second World War. The level of difficulty of the walk is moderate. The walk is open to anyone over 7 years of age.
Places are limited so please purchase tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. More details on the walk are available from the museum.


The tickets cost £2.50 per person.



From cold climes to the Cold War: the archaeology of West Berkshire.

  • 22 July 2015 1-2pm

West Berkshire has a rich and varied past, dating from the Palaeolithic (500,000 BC)right up to the Present. This is illustrated by a fascinating range of sites, finds and landscapes which can be explored and realised through archaeology. This talk by the West Berkshire Council Archaeological Officer will give an overview of West Berkshire’s archaeological resource, along with a discussion of recent discoveries that have contributed to our understanding of our past.


The tickets cost £2.50 per person.



Family activity days at West Berkshire Museum

  • 23 — 24 July 2015 10am-3pm

Archaeology-themed activities at the museum primarily aimed at 4-11 year olds, although younger and older children are welcome. There will be a clay-based craft activity and at least one other archaeology-themed activity each day as well as an activity trail. No booking required, just drop in between 10.00 and 15.00each day. Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


There is a small charge of £2 per child for each activity day.



West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf
RG14 5AS






01635 519562

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