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The museum collects material that helps to give people a Sense of Place, understanding what West Berkshire has been, is now and will be in the future. The items in our collections are used in exhibitions, educational activities, research and community projects. They help people to engage with their own individual and community history as well as that of West Berkshire.

We have a wide range of material in our collections covering art, science and history and culture. We have internationally important finds from the Mesolithic period of the Stone Age and nationally important collections of Egyptology and material from the English Civil War. For a detailed introduction to the collections and an overview of how it has developed read our article The Curators and Collections.

We are still collecting the past and present. We undertake contemporary collecting with the view of capturing key events so that the museum will be able to represent these moments in history. If you have something you think we might want, please have a look at our Acquisition and Disposal Policy which sets out what we can and can’t accept.

We welcome interest in the collections and if you would like to see any item we hold for research or personal interest, please contact the collections team collections@westberks.gov.uk to make an appointment. As the collections are stored away from the museum, we need some notice to retrieve and prepare objects.

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