Reading Museum

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The Museum of Reading (run by the Reading Museum Service) is located in the old Town Hall in Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It contains galleries describing the history of Reading and its related industries, a gallery of artifacts discovered during the excavations of Silchester Roman Town, a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and an art collection.The Reading: People & Place gallery documents Reading’s history, from its origins as a Saxon settlement in the 6th century up to today, with a mixture of oral history presentations, interactive displays and a mix of real objects from the period.The Silchester Gallery features many archeological finds from the excavations conducted at the nearby Silchester Roman Town, together with explanatory models and other information on life in the Roman town.The Bayeux Gallery contains the UK’s only copy of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, made in 1885, together with information on the history of Saxon migration and Viking raids in the local area.The Green Space explains the geology and natural history of the Reading area, with a wide range of specimens.The Huntley & Palmers Gallery explains the history of the biscuit making industry that was once one of the mainstays of the Reading economy, with special emphasis of the Huntley and Palmer company.The Windows Gallery displays the museums collection of sculpture and decorative art, ranging from 12th century pieces from Reading Abbey to modern pieces by Rodin and Epstein.The John Madejski Art Gallery is a recreation of the museum’s original Victorian era art gallery and houses changing exhibitions of art works. It is named after John Madejski, the chairman of Reading F.C..The Exhibition Gallery houses changing exhibitions, both from the museum’s collection and external sources. As an example, at the time of writing (December 2004) the gallery contains an exhibition on the history of the Reading Festival.

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