Berkshire Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The

Sindlesham Court Ltd., Mole Road
Sindlesham RG41 5EA

The Berkshire Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses an extensive range of books and a fascinating collection of masonic artefacts.

Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre

Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Reading RG1 5AN

The Heritage Centre was founded in 1997. Our aim is to preserve and display items of historical medical interest particularly those with a local connection.

Berkshire Yeomanry Museum

Territorial Army Centre, Bolton Road
Windsor SL4 3JG

The museum contains a well displayed and comprehensive collection tracing the history of the regiment since its beginnings in 1794.

Cliveden - National Trust

Maidenhead SL6 0JA

Grade I listed garden, extensive woodlands and Italianate mansion. This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, Octagon temple, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks.

Cole Museum of Zoology

School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AJ

The Cole Museum is a remarkable collection in that it was built up in the period 1907 to 1939 by three main people. Professor Cole, Dr Nellie B Eales and Mr Stoneman.

Eton College Collections & Museum of Eton Life

c/o Eton College
Windsor SL4 6DB

The museum of Eton Life tells the story of the foundation of the College in 1440 and provides a glimpse into the world of the Eton schoolboy past and present. Find out about work, games (including the famous Eton Wall Game), punishment, and some of the colourful customs of the past. Discover well-known Old Etonians, from poets to prime ministers.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre

18 Park Street
Maidenhead SL6 1SL

Maidenhead Heritage Centre is where local history comes alive - from the stone age to the age of aviation and computers. Our exhibitions celebrate the past and help our visitors understand how and why Maidenhead and the surrounding villages developed. We are also Maidenhead's community memory bank, collecting and preserving artefacts, photographs, documents and tape recordings which all illustrate our local history.

Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Mohawk Way (off The Bader Way)
Woodley, Nr. Reading RG5 4UE

Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Readin.

Museum of English Rural Life

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), University of Reading, Redlands Road
Reading RG1 5EX

The museum was founded in 1951 by the University of Reading. It was the first specialist museum of farming and rural life to be established in England and so was able to acquire large collections of high quality material at a time when mechanisation was bringing great changes to the countryside.

Reading Museum

Town Hall, Blagrave Street
Reading RG1 1QH

At the Reading Museum you can explore the social and natural history of Reading and surrounding area, including: The Biscuit Town: Uncover the story behind biscuit makers Huntley & Palmers Learn about the daily life and fascinating history of the once-splendid Reading Abbey. Explore what the Romans did for us in the Silchester Gallery of Roman Life. Britain's copy of the Bayeux Tapestry - displayed in its magnificent 70 metre entirety in a purpose-built gallery.

REME Museum of Technology

Isaac Newton Road, (off Biggs Lane)
Arborfield RG2 9NH

South of Reading in rural Berkshire, the REME Museum of Technology tells the history of the Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The Corps was formed in 1942 and still undertaking its original function of keeping the army's machines and weapons fitting fit.

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock

off Kenavon Drive
Reading RG1 3DH

The museum is sited on the banks of the River Kennet in the centre of Reading. The displays tell the story of the Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames. Collections: Objects on display include a spectacular gypsy caravan and a medieval mill wheel. There are waterside views of the town centre and occasional summertime art exhibitions in the Turbine House.

Slough Museum

Ground Floor, Slough Central Library, 85 High Street
Slough SL1 1EA

The collection covers a period of around 10,000 years - from when mammoths roamed the area to the present day multi-cultural trading town. This includes the growth of Slough in the 17th and 18th centuries as a coaching town (ideally placed 20 miles outside of London for resting along the Bath road), the Victorian brick and horticultural industries (supplying the growing capital) and the foundations and growth of Slough Trading Estate (attracting workers from around the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and Europe) which today continues to attract a growing population from around the world.

Thames Valley Police Museum

Thames Valley Police Training Centre, Sulhamstead
Nr Reading RG7 4DU

Exhibits include items from the Great Train Robbery, a Triumph Saint Motorbike, an old control room desk, old uniforms and various photographs, helmets, truncheons, whistles and charge books.

Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

University of Reading, Department of Classics, Humanities Building, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AA

The Ure Museum started life in the 1920s as a small collection of fragmentary pottery by the first Professor of Classics at the University, Percy Ure. It has now grown due to the generosity of various donors, and is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain. The museum has recently undergone a massive renewal and artefacts are now displayed thematically. It is located on the Whiteknights campus at the University of Reading, where there are also several other important museums.

West Berkshire Museum

The Wharf
Newbury RG14 5AS

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.

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum

The Guildhall, High Street
Windsor SL4 1LR

Windsor & Royal Borough Museum is a Registered/Accredited Museum which comprises the local history collection for the borough, comprising over 7,000 objects including Saxon artefacts from Old Windsor, prehistoric tools, manuscripts, paintings and Victorian objects.