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Reading Museum Service has collections that span wide areas of history, archaeology, art and the natural world. The Album provides an opportunity to view some of the diverse items preserved by the museum and to obtain information on themes relating to the collections and the local environment and history. This is a growing area of the site and new objects and themes will be added often, so please check back regularly.

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Dr Addington - George III's doctor

Did you know that the doctor who managed the treatment of George III's 'madness' lived and worked in Reading?

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Abolition of Slavery

Find out about Britain's links to the slave trade and the abolition movement.

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Apis Bull Statuette

Find out about this beautiful bronze ancient Egyptian statue of an Apis Bull.

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Apartheid Protest March, 1964

Find out why a group of students took to the streets of Reading in 1964.

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Jane Austen

Did you know that Jane Austen went to school in Reading? Find out about her Reading schooldays.

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Bertie Badger

Meet Bertie the badger, one of the Museum's best loved residents, she is stroked by thousands of Reading people every year!

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Trade Union Banner

Explore the imagery of the 1919 banner of the Reading branch of the National Union of General Workers.

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Barnacles

Barnacles - amazing animals, but can they be useful or are they just a nuisance?

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Battle Hospital during the First World War

Thousands of wounded soldiers were treated at Reading's war hospitals between 1915 and 1919.

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Baxter Prints

The Museum has over 370 prints by this pioneer of colour printing.

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Bayeux Tapestry

Why has Reading got its own copy of the Bayeux Tapestry? Find out here.

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Private Edward Beesley

The story of a soldier who was wounded in the First World War.

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Belgian Refugees in Reading

Over 600 refugees escaped to Reading during the First World War.

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Bes Amulet

Learn more about this faience amulet of Bes, an Egyptian god of protection.

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Brick and Tile Industry

Why was Reading called 'Aldbrickham' by Thomas Hardy? Discover the story of Reading's brick and tile works.

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Alan Caiger-Smith

The Museum has a wide variety of Alan's colourful lustreware from a career spanning 50 years as a potter in London and the local Aldermaston Pottery.

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Canopic Jar Lid

This lid would once have topped an ancient Egyptian jar containing the lungs of a deceased person. Find out more here.

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Dunton's Gypsy Caravan

Discover more about gypsy caravans built by Dunton and Sons in Reading.

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Berkshire Chronicle

The museum houses a large collection of negatives taken between 1938 and 1962 by the Chronicle.

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Coat of Arms

Find out why Reading has four maidens on its Coat of Arms.

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Coral and Coral Reefs

Although Reading is 75 miles from the sea we have a collection of over 200 coral specimens from around the world, demonstrating the amazing variety of size and shape of these colonial animals.

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Elizabeth I Portrait

A portrait of the Virgin Queen of about 1575-80.

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Floods and Flooding

Being built beside two rivers Reading has always been susceptible to flooding.

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Forbury Gardens

Find out about the history of the Forbury, including cheese fairs and suspected medieval castles!

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Robert Gibbings

Wood engravings and a rare sculpture are among the treaures created by this important printmaker.

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Ancient Greek Vessel

Is this ancient Greek vessel really a drinking cup known as a kylix? Discover the answer here.

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William Havell

The Museum has an extensive collection of paintings, drawings and prints by William Havell, an artist compared to Turner in his day.

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Henry Addington - Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister Viscount Sidmouth had several local connections and lived just east of Reading.

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Henry I and Reading Abbey

Did you know that Henry I was buried in Reading? Find out about him here.

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Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner

The horse chestnut leaf miner is a tiny moth with a big impact. Find out how it brings an early autumn to horse chestnut trees across southern England.

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Horseshoe Crab

Find out more about these unusual living fossils!

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Reading's global links

Explore Reading's global links since the 19th century through Reading's world famous biscuit manufacturers Huntley & Palmers.

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Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Machine

Find out about the story of Reading's world famous biscuit-making company.

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African thumb piano

Discover how a Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin was recycled to make music in Africa!

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Huntley & Palmers War Biscuit

Reading's biscuit factory supplied the British Army with essential rations for soldiers in the trenches.

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John Kendrick and the Oracle

How did The Oracle shopping centre get its name? - find out here.

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Red Kite

This elegant bird of prey is now on display in the Green Space gallery, find out about the return of this species to Reading.

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Egyptian Kohl Jar

Learn more about this beautiful object and what the ancient Egyptians used kohl for.

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Harlequin Ladybirds

The Harlequin Ladybird arrived in Britain in 2004. Could it be a threat to our native ladybird species?

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Maiwand Lion

Investigate Reading's connection to Dr Watson and Afghanistan.

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Moon Alphabet

Discover a different way to read.

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Silchester Black & White Mosaic

Geometric design mosaic in black and white from the Roman town at Silchester, Hampshire.

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Silchester 'Church' Mosaic

A small mosaic floor with a design of chequers and lozenges from a building identified as a probable 4th century Christian church. Excavated in 1892 and 1961 at the Roman town at Silchester, Hampshire.

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Silchester Hexagon Pattern Mosaic

A beautiful mosaic floor with a design of nine hexagons, floral motifs and cantharus. Excavated at the Roman town at Silchester, Hampshire.

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Moulsford Torc

Learn about the neck ornament worn by an important Bronze Age person about 1200BC.

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Reading Museum and Art Gallery

The museum has been providing learning opportunities for all visitors since 1883.

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Mrs Dyer

Reading's most infamous resident was murderer Mrs Amelia Dyer.

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Osirian Triad Statuettes

Who are the Egyptian deities depicted by these statuettes, and what is their connection? Find the answer here.

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Pioneering Photographers

Discover why Reading was at the forefront of early photography.

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Reading Abbey Capital

The Museum has a fine collection of carvings from Reading Abbey, especially the cloister capitals.

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Reading Gaol

A look at the history of Reading's famous prison.

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Reading Sauce

Find out about another famous food product made in Reading until 1962.

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Red Stag

The popular red deer stag donated to the Museum by King George V.

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Schools in 19th century Reading

How were Reading's poorest children educated in the nineteenth century?

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Sea Urchins

Petrified hearts? Fossil sea creatures? Find out more.

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Napoleonic Wars model ship

Why were 600 'Gentleman Danes' held prisoner in Reading in the early 1800s?

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Silk shoes

Why didn't Queen Elizabeth really wear these slippers?

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Silchester Eagle

The Silchester Eagle, described as ‘the most superbly naturalistic rendering of any bird or beast as yet yielded by Roman Britain’.

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Silchester Photography

Discover how the early use of photography helped record the Victorian excavations of Roman Silchester.

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Motto Beaker

Find out about a Roman drinking beaker inscribed VITAM TIBI (long life to you).

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Samian Bowl

Read about the red-gloss Samian pottery imported from Gaul in large quantities in the Roman period.

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Silchester Black Burnished Ware Jar

Learn about a cooking pot made in Dorset and found at Silchester Roman town.

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Simeon Monument

Discover the history of this monument, designed by Bank of England architect, Sir John Soane.

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Simond's Brewery

One of Reading's famous 3Bs - Beer!

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Charity Collection Box

Find out how views on disability have changed since this collecting box was last seen on Britain's streets.

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Stag Beetles

Britain's largest beetle with the biggest jaws. Dare you look?

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Starfish

How many arms can a starfish grow? Find out here...

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Steel pan and steel bands

Steel pan music was brought to Reading by the town's Caribbean community in the 1950s.

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Ancient Egyptian Stele

Learn more about this ancient Egyptian stele fragment and discover the message hidden in the hieroglyphs.

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Suffragettes and the Wargrave fire

Find out who set fire to Wargrave Church and why.

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Suffragette Demonstration, 1910

Who were the Suffragettes? What were they protesting about? Find out here.

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Sutton's Seeds and Bulbs

Discover more about one of Reading's famous 3Bs - bulbs.

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Syngenta Coin Hoard

Read about a hoard of gold coins dating from the time of Julius Caesar.

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Tawaret Amulet

Who was the Egyptian goddess Tawaret and what did she represent? Discover more here.

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Rejlander

Find out about the museum's important photograph of Tennyson and his family taken by photography pioneer Oscar Rejlander.

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Town Hall facade

Find out more about features of interest on the facade of Reading's Victorian Town Hall.

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Town Hall

The architectural story of Reading's striking Victorian gothic Town Hall.

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Trooper Frederick Potts

Find out about Reading's most famous soldier who was awarded a Victoria Cross in 1915.

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Henry Marriage Wallis

Honorary Curator of Zoology in the early years of Reading Museum, Wallis was the originator of the Thames Water Collection (see Thames Water Collection entry in The Album).

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Wedding Dress

A beautiful late 18th century silk wedding dress that belonged to Isabella Lovegrove.

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Oscar Wilde

Did you know that Wilde had local connections years before he was imprisoned in Reading Gaol?

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Air Raid, February 1943

Find out about Reading's worst tragedy of World War II and the town's contribution to the war effort

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Happy the Robot!

Find out about this small intelligent robot invented by the University of Reading's department of Cybernetics.

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Tree top rock

A piece of fossil wood from a 60 million year old Giant Sequoia found at Aldworth, Berkshire.

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Cemetery Junction

The history of East Reading's famous junction, now also a film directed by Reading-born Ricky Gervais.

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The Thames Water Collection

Archaeological objects from the non-tidal part of the River Thames, mainly the result of dredging work between 1911 and 1980 by the Thames Conservancy Board and Thames Water.

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Wadjet Eye Amulet

This striking amulet shows the eye of the ancient Egyptian god Horus. Find out more here.

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