Museums, Archives and Galleries

Museum of Reading
Located in the old Town hall buildings it has been extensively renovated in recent years and is now home to the copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, which is better displayed and interpreted than the original

Blakes Lock Museum
An offshoot of the main Reading museum, it displays an interesting collection of material relating to the Kennet

Museum of English Rural Life
Part of the University of Reading it has an extensive archive, especially of photographs and has National coverage

Royal Berkshire Medical Museum
Located at the Royal Berkshire Hospital it is usually opne only on Sundays

Reading Central Library Local Studies
The local studies section provides good facilities for researchers, including large collections of microfilms of newspapers and genealogical information.

National Mills Archive
This archive is located at Watlington House and houses one of the world's largest collection of books and images relating to mills

Reading University Library
The Main University library is open to the public and, as well as an extensive collection of books, is home to several important archives

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
Part of the University of Reading this museum houses one of the largest collections of Greek ceramics in the country

Berkshire Record Office
Located adjacent to Yeomanry House at the top of Castle Street the Record Office houses the official historical archive for Berkshire. It also houses the library of the Berkshire Archaeological Society.

Heritage and Family History Research Centre
This is located on the second floor of the Central Reference Library in King St..

Also see the pages on sculptures and public works of art in Reading

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