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Reading, EN RG7 5HT
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Arts & Museums
Located in Reading, Museum of English Rural Life exhibits the various items that depict the evolving face and times of England's countryside and farming. Museum of English Rural Life contains desingated assemblage of national significance and these collections include photographs, books, films and objects. Museum of English Rural Life features 22,000 items that date back to the previous two centuries. A threshing tool, portable engine, hand tools, mowers, tractors and farm carts are some of the items put up on display at this museum.
The County of Berkshire is finely augmented by a range of historically significant museums. The Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock is one such prominent avenue. It is precisely located in the town of Reading at Blake's Lock. The museum brags of some of the rare items belonging to the period of the Romani people, a caravan. It also has among its exhibits turbine machinery which has been preserved till now. The museum and its artifacts and items tell the story of the rivers Thames and Kennet.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is highly distinguished for being one among the most significant sites that boast of Greek Antiquities, in the entire of United Kingdom. It is a constituent of the Department of Classics of the University of Reading. The museum site is precisely situated at the Whiteknights Campus. The antiquities range right from the much earlier Pre-dynastic through the Roman period. The varied musical instruments along with copper and bronze artifacts and the jewelry are of immense prominence and rarity.
The Whiteknights Campus that belongs to the University of Reading is finely augmented with one of the finest zoology museums in the form of the Cole Museum of Zoology. The varied collections at the museum site were established in the 20th Century. Prominent Professor of Zoology; Francis J. Cole created the museum, and thus, it gets its name. Much of the museum was refurbished in the year 2004 resulting into enlarging of the main floor area and the overall expansion. It is held in high regards for the approximately 4,000 specimens that it swanks of.
The town of Reading in the Berkshire County is a prominent town site that houses varied vital places of interest. The REME Museum of Technology is one such distinctive site that carries great significance. It precisely rests at a distance of 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Reading. It is well known for the many collections that it holds in respect to varied technological artifacts. The artifacts pertain to the work done by and of the distinguished REME. The museum was established in the year 1956.
Discover the history of Basingstoke at this informative local museum. Willis Museum traces how life has changed in the town over the last 200 years. Attractions include reconstructions of excavated Saxon buildings, a recreation of a 1960s sitting room and kitchen and a local studies room that features old photographs, maps and postcards. There are also regular exhibitions of art, crafts and local history. Admission is free and there is a coffee lounge and a children play corner. For further details, please call +44 845 603 5635.
A comparatively minimalist but a vibrant museum site is the Museum of Berkshire. It stands as one of the prime museums in the County and is precisely located in Reading. This museum has some rare aviation pieces in its collection. Unique and old pieces like the miles martinet are finely nurtured here. The miles martinet used in the World War II is a target tug. The museum also holds a miles magister.
This museum in the town of Henley on Thames has several permanent exhibitions highlighting life in the Thames, both in fiction and real life. It also hosts temporary exhibitions of work by local artists, as well as hosting entertainment events not strictly related to the museum. The museum hosts lectures, workshops, and classes for adults and kids as well.
Constructed in the year 1453, Champs Chapel Museum of East Hendred was erected by Carthusian monks. Today, this local history museum features a rich assemblage associated with the memorabilia and history of the town of East Hendred. Champs Chapel Museum of East Hendred is nestled in Carthusian Chapel, a Grade I listed structure situated at Chapel Square. The Snells Hall contains a Reserve display and store. This hall is also home to a Fire Pump, hand powered and horse drawn. Apart from its usual opening days, Champs Chapel Museum of East Hendred remains open to visitors every first sunday from October to March, 2.30p to 4.30p.
An interesting idea for a museum, Pendon Museum, displays mini working models of trains not in any boring old way, but in an interesting and interactive way. They attempt to recreate typical everyday scenes, thus building accurate models of houses and the beautiful countryside, with the trains passing through all of this! This makes you feel like you are amidst all of this, actually enjoying a ride on one of the trains! With keeping the changing seasons in mind, they recreate special scenes which are shockingly realistic and attempt to provide a wholesome experience.
If you want to know the little details and things missed in the history books about the market town, head down to Vale and Downland Museum. With galleries and exhibitions setup, the museum takes you down memory lane and enlightens you on stories of the Vale of White Horse region. Located in the center of town, it is easily accessible and hordes a lot of information in the form of books, photographs, old records, periodicals and pamphlets.
The Curtis Museum was established by William Curtis in 1865 and is dedicated to the local history and culture of Alton, with exhibits spanning a time period from prehistoric times to the present. Two of the museum's most coveted items are the Alton Anglo-Saxon buckle and the Selbourne cup. The museum is home to a number of interesting exhibits such as the Jane Austin Trail, the True Story of "Sweet Fanny Adams", and the collectors' corner, which displays collections of local collectors who are willing to lend their collections to the museum. Of special interest to children is the large collection of toys and children's books dating back to the 18th Century. The museum is filled with local treasures that are sure to keep visitors of all ages riveted. Apart from the regular exhibits, the museum also organizes special workshops and activities suitable for families.