Berkshire Archives and Libraries

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Record Offices[edit | edit source]

Berkshire Record Office[edit | edit source]

Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue
Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 937 5132
Contact: Online Form
Website: Berkshire Record Office
Catalogue: Berkshire Record Office Archives

The Berkshire Record Office is the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire. We look after nearly nine hundred years of the County's history. On this website you can discover more about our holdings and how to use us, as well as see some of the treasures from our collections.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Bracknell Library[edit | edit source]

Bracknell Library
Town Square
Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1BH UK
Telephone: 01344 423149
Website: Bracknell Forest

Eton College[edit | edit source]

Eton College
Eton College Library
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 6DB UK
Telephone: 01753 370 590
Website: Eton College

College Library is a rare book and manuscript library of international importance. Established soon after the foundation of Eton College, it houses more than 150,000 items, ranging from the 9th to 21st centuries. These include printed and manuscript volumes, literary manuscripts, autograph letters, and prints and drawings.

Reading Central Library[edit | edit source]

Reading Central Library
Abbey Square
Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BQ UK
Telephone: 0118 901 5950
Website: Reading Central Library

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead[edit | edit source]

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Maidenhead Library - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
St Ives Road
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1QU UK
Telephone: 01628 796 969
Website: Maidenhead Library

Wokingham Libraries[edit | edit source]

Wokingham Libraries
Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End
Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1BN UK
Telephone: 0118 974 6000
Website: Wokingham Libraries

Museums[edit | edit source]

Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre[edit | edit source]

Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre
Level 4
Main Entrance
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5AN UK
Telephone: 0118 322 8478
Website: Berkshire Medical Museum

The Royal Berkshire Medical Museum is part of the Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre which was founded in 1997.
Our aim is to preserve and display items of historical medical interest particularly those with a local connection.
We do this by means of our museum, peripheral displays at other sites in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, photographic exhibitions, by recording oral histories and by publishing and promoting books on local healthcare history.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre[edit | edit source]

Maidenhead Heritage Centre
18 Park Street
Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1SL UK
Telephone: 01628 780 555
Website: Maidenhead Heritage Centre

Maidenhead Heritage Centre is the museum for Maidenhead and the surrounding villages.

Museum of English Rural Life[edit | edit source]

Museum of English Rural Life
University of Reading
Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX UK
Telephone: 0118 378 8660
Website: The MERL

The new museum aims to challenge perceptions about rural England by revealing the historical and contemporary relevance of country life.
Come and discover our new interactive, immersive galleries which explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture and health.

Reading Museum[edit | edit source]

Reading Museum
Blagrave Street
Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH UK
Telephone: 0118 937 3400
Website: Reading Museum

Our collections tell the story of Reading and its place in the world.

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation Trust[edit | edit source]

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation Trust
Mohawk Way
(off The Bader Way)
Nr. Reading, Berkshire RG5 4UE UK
Telephone: 0118 944 8089
Website: The Museum of Berkshire Aviation Trust

Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at the museum.
Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry.
Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives.

West Berkshire Heritage Service - Newbury[edit | edit source]

West Berkshire Heritage Service - Newbury
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf
Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 5AS UK
Telephone: 01635 519562
Website: West Berkshire Museum

Our permanent exhibition tells the story of West Berkshire. From the rocks under our feet to the stories of the people who have lived here; our early ancestors, to well-known characters like Jack of Newbury to our most recent family: they have created the towns and villages, roads and canals, fields and farms, industries, pastimes and organisations that we know today.

Windsor and Royal Borough Museum[edit | edit source]

Windsor and Royal Borough Museum
The Guildhall
High Street
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1LR UK
Telephone: 01628 685 686
Website: Windsor and Royal Borough Museum

Our accredited museum is part of Libraries Arts and Heritage in the Borough, and is supported by the Friends of Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, the Heritage Lottery Fund and a team of very enthusiastic volunteers.
The museum covers five themes; The Royal Borough and its settlement, military associations, aeronautical Windsor, working Windsor and childhood.

For a long list of Berkshire museums, go to List of museums in Berkshire in Wikipedia.

Archives[edit | edit source]

Windsor Castle[edit | edit source]

The Royal Archives

Website: The Royal Archives

The home of the Royal Family

St. George's Chapel Archive and Chapter Library
The College of St George
Windsor Castle
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ UK
Telephone: 01753 848 888
Website: St. George's Chapel Archive and Chapter Library

Located within the Lower Ward, the Vicars' Hall Undercroft houses the extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts and archival material belonging to the Dean and Canons of Windsor.

Collections[edit | edit source]

Museums and Collections - University of Reading

A website giving you access to a variety of collections held by museums, archives and libraries. We believe collections enrich independent learning and research for a wide range of age groups and interests.
The site offers:
  • A single ‘first point of call’ for anyone seeking to locate information on research collections held by Berkshire and Reading institutions
  • A search facility that allows users to locate specific information across the whole site
  • Descriptions of individual collections, recent research and research priorities
  • User information on access arrangements and research facilities
  • Guidance on further sources of information, including links to object level information and other data sources