The West Berkshire Museum, in Newbury, Berkshire, holds various artworks and collections related to Newbury and West Berkshire. Established in 1904, the museum is housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings. The Cloth Hall was built in 1627 by Richard Emmes, a master carpenter of Speenhamland for the Newbury Corporation as a cloth factory. Originally part of a larger range of buildings with a courtyard in the centre, the building was subsequently used as a workhouse, hospital and school before being used for storing corn from 1829 until its conversion to a museum.
The museum itself has exhibition galleries, café and a local history library, along with a Conference room which can be hired.
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
Bill Lambert | Apr 17, 2018
A very interesting small museum about the local area. Well worth diverting off the A34 on your journey. There is a car park and small cafe by the nearby canal and it is only a short walk into the centre.
Jennie McLoughlin | Apr 3, 2018
Can't comment on the actual museum as we didn't go inside it, but went for an organised event about the Victorians and we all really enjoyed it. The museum looked clean, well laid out, good shop for all your extras. Café was available, and parking was also just across the street.
Cveta Krusteva | Apr 6, 2018
A really lovely family place. Lots of interesting activities for your child.
Mister Ed | Mar 5, 2018
Interesting and decent small locally museum that is child friendly, clean, and free. The exhibits show the history of West Berkshire using locally found items from stone age to the near present. There's interesting exhibits on Jack of Newbury, greenham airbase, historically significant events regarding Donnington Castle, Newbury bypass, Vodafone and more. The top floor has changing exhibits usually every month. They hold child friendly activities during school holidays occasionally. There is Café, wheelchair access, lifts, plenty of toilets and it's free.
Luciano Marigliano | Mar 1, 2018
Well constructed and professional displays, with new and interesting themes continually introduced, freindly and knowledgeable staff.
Hannibal | Jun 5, 2018
New updated museum. Great place for kids and adults alike.
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