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BRITAIN'S BAYEUX TAPESTRY EXHBITION

Here you can read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry - the story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex, the men who led the Norman and Saxon armies in 1066.

William's defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings ensured the success of the Norman invasion of England.

The Victorian replica of the Tapestry is housed in its own gallery at the Museum of Reading, where it can be viewed for FREE during the Museum opening hours.

The entire Tapestry is available to view in sections, with a description above each. The site can be used as an extra resource for Bayeux education sessions or on its own.

The images of the Tapestry on our website are low quality to keep the site fast loading. If you would like higher quality images of the Tapestry please contact us using the enquiry form below.

Museum of Reading, Town Hall, Blagrave Street

Tel:0118 939 9800
Address: Bayeux Tapestry Exhibition, Museum of Reading, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
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MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE

The Museum of English Rural Life houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside.

It is the sheer quality and scope of the Library, Archives and Object Collections that makes MERL exceptional. The collections have Designated status ensuring their importance is recognised nationally and internationally.

As a University Museum and as the founder member of the Rural Museums Network, MERL has built up a reputation as the leading authority in its field and as a centre of excellence in teaching and learning. MERL is very grateful to its major funders, the University of Reading and HEFCE.

Redlands Road, opposite the rear of Royal Berkshire Hospital

Tel: 0118 378 8660
Address: University of Reading, Redlands Road, RG1 5EX
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THE URE MUSEUM OF GREEK ARCHAEOLOGY

The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, owned by the University of Reading and an integral part of the Department of Classics, is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain.

The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan ceramics and terracottas.

Other artifacts include prehistoric pottery, as well as metal and stone artifacts of Greek and Roman date. There is also an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, ranging from the Pre-dynastic to the Roman period.

There are approximately 2000 objects in the museum, not all of which can be displayed at any one time. However the displays are changed periodically and less valuable items may be handled by school groups.

The museum is open between 9 am and 4.30 pm weekdays and admission is free. The museum is also used for various educational activities so visitors may find themselves sharing the space with a class.

University of Reading, Humanities Building

Tel: 0118 378 6990
Address: HumSS Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights RG6 6AA
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WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

There has been a museum in the Cloth Hall in Newbury since 1904, but some of the collections were first put together in the 1840s by the Newbury Literary and Scientific Institute.

Things have changed a bit since then. These days we are a community museum 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.

Newbury-based, serving West Berkshire

Tel:01635 519562
Address: The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS
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READING MUSEUM

The story of Reading - from Anglo Saxon settlements to the present day. Reading Museum & Town Hall is a fine example of Victorian gothic architecture.

** We have eleven galleries displaying a fascinating range of objects from our collections and an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions. You can find out more about what you can see and do in the What’s On and Collections areas of the website. Our Concert Hall houses the superb Father Willis Organ and plays host to a programme of events from classical music to comedy. Open Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

** Reading Museum Service offers learning experiences that are fun and suitable for all the family. From the serious student to the youngest child, all levels are catered for. We offer opportunities for both formal and informal learning including the chance to handle real objects.

Town Hall, Reading Town Centre

Tel: 0118 939 9800
Address: Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
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MUSEUM OF BERKSHIRE AVIATION

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 Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives.

** The museum welcomes group visits and runs an active educational programme for schools, linked to National Curriculum requirements, demonstrating the development of aviation techniques. Schools and other groups can be catered for outside normal opening hours

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation is situated in Mohawk Way (off Bader Way), Woodley, Nr Reading, Berkshire.

Tel:0118 944 8089
Address: Mohawk Way, Woodley, Nr Reading RG5 4UE
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RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM

The Museum opened in 1998 to celebrate the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames.

From 2004 a fourth permanent gallery, the delightful Wind in the Willows exhibition, was added. The Museum runs a broad programme of special exhibitions and activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events.

The dedicated education centre runs innovative education programmes and the Museum accommodates 20,000 education visitors a year.

A registered charity, the Museum depends upon private donations, business sponsorship, grants from trust and foundations, admission charges and the support of our benefactors, donors and friends.

Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, near railway station.

Tel: 01491 415631
Address: Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF
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READING MUSEUM
RIVER & ROWING MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF BERKSHIRE AVIATION
THE URE MUSEUM OF GREEK ARCHAEOLOGY
MUSEUM OF ENGLISH RURAL LIFE
BRITAIN'S BAYEUX TAPESTRY EXHBITION
WEST BERKSHIRE MUSEUM