A selection of the Museum’s Victorian paintings are displayed in the Victorian Gallery on the second floor. These are displayed as ‘open storage’ in this gallery rather than as a conventional exhibition.

Until July 2018 this space housed our popular Victorian Schoolroom, but from September 2018 we will be running the Victorian Schoolroom sessions for school children on weekdays throughout the year at the nearby Abbey Gateway.  We will continue to run family sessions during the school holidays and half terms - meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’! 

Gallery Highlights

  • Gelert by Charles Burton Barber, 1884
  • Other 19th century paintings from the Museum's founding art bequest from William Isaac Palmer of the Huntley & Palmers biscuit company

I loved the Victorian school. Thank you Sir and strict Miss!

Reading Museum visitor, aged 8