The first gallery you come to as you enter the Museum is currently undergoing the first phase of some major improvements, so there is less to see than usual, but watch out for our new Abbey Quarter displays which open on 12 February 2018. This work is part of our Reading Abbey Revealed project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Story of Reading gallery explores our town's long history from its origins in the 6th century right up to the present day.

Gallery Highlights

  • A full-sized reconstruction of part of the cloister of Reading Abbey incorporating impressive original 12th century column capitals
  • 17th century wooden gates from the original Oracle poorhouse
  • Object rich cases telling the story of Reading since the 1940s
  • More coming soon - our new Abbey Quarter displays open on 12 February 2018.

Community case

This gallery also houses our community case for small-scale temporary displays from our collections or objects loaned by local groups. Please see our Museum Projects page if you belong to a group which would be interested in using the case.

So much to learn about the area. There is a reproduction of the Reading Abbey in its heyday and lots of artefacts to see and learn about.

Reading Museum visitor