In these challenging and unfamiliar times, while the doors to Reading Museum are closed, there are ways to keep engaged online with our collections and resources, with extensive collection websites, history blogs, an interactive abbey map, and much more, as our team brings the museum to you. 

Explore our collections and local history online

Here’s how you can explore our collections and engage with us online:

  • For a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane, our collections website contains thousands of photographs and objects from the Museum’s collection that are available to view for free! This includes almost two thousand photos from the Reading Chronicle Collection taken between 1938 and 1962. 
  • Browse our new ANIMAL : world art journeys online tour, blogs and activities
  • Explore our new VE 75 pages including images of Reading's victory street parties in 1945.
  • Discover Reading's famous full-size Victorian version of the Bayeux Tapestry in its entirety on it own dedicated Britain's Bayeux Tapestry website.
  • Enjoy almost one hundred articles on the Reading Museum blog written by museum staff and guest experts exploring local history and our collections, with subjects ranging from Bagpuss and Reading-at-war, to tales of the ghosts of Reading Abbey.
  • We keep a collection of over one thousand loan boxes that we usually lend to local schools, covering a wide range of national curriculum topics and subjects, which can all be viewed online on our museum loan boxes page! For children currently studying at home, there's so much to be discovered here!
  • We hold the collections of iconic biscuit manufacturers Huntley and Palmers. Browse all of their remarkable tins and learn about an important part of local history over at the Huntley & Palmers website.
  • Explore our interactive online map of Reading's historic Abbey Quarter and journey into a thousand years of history from your own home. We have also created a 3D virtual model of Reading Abbey as it was in 1539, just before it was dissolved by King Henry VIII. Download and explore via Sketchfab.
  • Visit the Reading Museum YouTube channel, where you can find two interviews with Paddington Bear author Michael Bond talking about his narrow escape from the 1943 air raid on Reading.
  • You can explore the museum's oil paintings on the Art UK website.
  • Go to Historypin to see hundreds of old photos from our collection pinned onto a map so you can see then and now.
  • The Reading Foundation for Art’s collection is cared for by the Museum and includes works by important modern British artists such as Paul Nash, Mary Fedden and Terry Frost.
  • And don't forget to explore the online resources of Reading's other major museum The Museum of English Rural Life!

Learning Resources

We are sharing resources to help you with fun learning and enjoyment at home. Discover downloadable resources, ideas and inspiration for all ages over at our resources page.
Pop back soon as we will keep adding new content!

Social media

We are continuing to keep in touch on social media! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Ask a virtual curator - every Thursday 3pm-4pm

On Thursday afternoons, we normally host curator surgeries; a chance for you to bring in your objects, find out what our curators think they are, and ask us questions about the museum's collections and local history.

We can't run these while we're closed, so every Thursday, 3pm-4pm, we are hosting a weekly #AskARdgCurator hour on Twitter instead!