West Berkshire Museum
This community museum explores West Berkshire's past, present and future.
Established in 1904, is housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings, the 17th-century Cloth Hall and the Corn Stores (or Granary). The Cloth Hall was built in 1626-1627 by Richard Emmes, a master carpenter of Speenhamland for The Newbury Corporation as a textile factory. It was subsequently used as a workhouse, hospital and school before being used for storing corn from 1829 until its conversion to a museum.
The museum is community led, with groups and societies making their own exhibitions for display.
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