Local History & Heritage Enquiries
While the Museum redevelopment is in progress, the Museum is not able to respond to enquiries about the collections or local history while we prepare for refurbishment as all our efforts are on re-locating the collections and planning the redevelopment.
The following organisations can provide information about aspects of West Berkshire's heritage and history:
All West Berkshire libraries have a collection of books and material about the history of their immediate area, although the main collection is held at Newbury Library.
Telephone: 01635 519900 (direct line) 01635 42400 (general number)
Berkshire Record Office
BRO was established in 1948 to locate and preserve records relating to the county of Berkshire and its people, and anyone who is interested in the county's past. As well as original documents, catalogues and indexes, there is a library at the Record Office.
9 Coley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6AF
Telephone: 0118 901 5132
Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre
The Berks FHS Centre can help you - wherever your ancestors came from. There is a Research Centre Library open to all.
Yeomanry House, 131 Castle Hill, Reading, RG1 7TJ
Telephone: 0118 950 9553
West Berkshire Archaeology Service
The Council's archaeology service provides advice and information about the historic environment of the unitary authority of West Berkshire. It maintains the Historic Environment Record (HER), which consists of a database linked to a computerised map, as well as a library of books, journals and unpublished reports. The HER is a public resource which can be consulted by appointment.
Telephone: 01635 519534 (direct line) 01635 42400 (general number)
Wessex Film & Sound Archive
At Wessex Film and Sound Archive you can see and hear history, from late Victorian times to the present day, through moving images and sound recordings. The Archive contains over 32,000 film and sound recordings relating to central southern England, including film and tapes of local TV and radio.
Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH
Telephone: 01962 846154
Newbury Tourist Information Centre & Shaw House
Some of the books and other items previously on sale in the Museum shop are available via Shaw House (01635 279279) and the Tourist Information Centre (01635 30267). Do call ahead to see if they have what you require.
We are not currently able to provide online or postal book sales, etc while we prepare for refurbishment and all our efforts are on re-locating the collections and planning the redevelopment.