Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock
Telling the story of Reading's two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames - the Riverside Museum occupies two former industrial buildings, the Screen House and the Turbine House.
The Screen House displays our gypsy caravan built by Reading firm Dunton and Sons to the 'Ledge' design, and a video about gypsy life. You can also see a variety of objects illustrating life by the river, from stuffed fish to regatta tickets, and including a medieval mill wheel found during excavations at the site of The Oracle shopping centre. A hands-on interactive shows how the mill wheel worked.
The Turbine House is a unique building that spans the Kennet, with waterside views towards the town centre. It houses preserved turbine machinery and hosts occasional summertime art exhibitions and events.
A walking map between Reading Museum and the Riverside Museum is available for download at the bottom of this page. You can also find out more about the caravan by downloading our information sheet from the Album - look at the box on the right.
Date updated: 18 Oct 2010