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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Local and Social history
The social history collections have a wide range of objects, ephemera and images that tell the story of Reading since the 1700s. The Huntley & Palmers collection explores the history of Readingís world famous biscuit maker. The textile collection consists of costume and costume accessories, some working clothes and banners with Reading links. There is an extensive collection of images and ephemera from Reading and the surrounding area. These mostly date from the late 19th century and 20th century. The Museum is continuing to collect images and ephemera that reflect the lives of Reading people today. Since 1995 the Museum has been collecting audio recordings of Reading peopleís life stories and experiences. The most usual item is the unique full-size Victorian replica of Bayeux Tapestry (see www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk for full details).
For more information on Reading's collections see www.collectionsgateway.org.uk
Star Item(s)
Bayeux Tapestry replica; Huntley & Palmers Biscuit tins
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Location Details

Reading Museum
The Town Hall Blagrave Street Reading Berkshire RG1 1QH United Kingdom
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0118 9399 800
0118 9399 881†
Visiting Information
Open daily except Monday
Building Information
The Museum is housed in Reading's splendid Victorian Town Hall only two minutes walk from Reading Station. The museum galleries were restored in 2000.
Collections Overview
The collections, acquired since 1883 include archaeology, fine and decorative art, costume, world cultures, social history, photography and natural history.
Display Overview
There are hands-on galleries exploring history, archaeology, art and natural history collections. These include objects from the world famous Huntley & Palmers biscuit factory, finds from Reading Abbey, the unique full-size replica Bayeux Tapestry, the Silchester Collection of finds from the Roman town of Calleva. There are changing exhibitions in the John Madjeski Art Gallery and the Exhibitions Gallery. The museumís website has a whole range of online resources including searchable information sheets on the collections.
Star Objects
The Silchester Horse and Eagle, Silchester Mosaics, Britainís Bayeux Tapestry, Early 20th century British art, Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins, lan Caiger-Smith pottery and the imposing Red deer stag.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

Additional Collection Information

Accrual Status
Selective collecting
Legal Status
Owned by Reading Borough Council
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