West Berkshire Museum
|Established||26 October 1904|
The West Berkshire Museum is a museum located in Newbury, Berkshire. Established in 1904, the museum houses various artworks and collections. The museum is housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings. The Cloth Hall was built in 1626-1627 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 is community led, representing the whole of West Berkshire and offering a friendly welcome to visitors, groups and societies. The work of the museum goes on both inside our building and out and about in communities across the district.
The museum itself hosts eleven different exhibitions galleries, café, resource and discovery centre. Opening hours are Monday (bank holidays only 10am -4pm) Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm.
West Berkshire Museum is unusual in that the exhibitions are not permanent. All of its galleries change regularly and community groups and individuals are strongly encouraged to make their own exhibitions for display.