West Berkshire Museum is 100 years old!

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West Berkshire Museum is 100 years old!

On 26th October 2004 West Berkshire Museum celebrates its 100th Birthday as Newbury’s public Museum. To celebrate a day crammed with activity on is promised. Magic, Punch and Judy and music from Wantage Silver Band. Meet historical characters, from Edwardian gentry to Medieval sword fighters. Take part in the balloon race and see inside a fire engine. (The Fire Brigade were always present at public functions in the early 20th century!)

On this day only you can also see West Berkshire’s most exciting recent find, a hoard of Bronze Age gold.

The programme for this exciting day is as follows…

10:30 - 10:45 Punch & Judy
11:45 - 12:15  Magic Show
1:15 - 1:30   Punch & Judy
1:30 - 3:00  Wantage Silver Band
2:00 - 3:15   Enter the Balloon Race*
2:30 - 3:00  Magic Show
3:30    Balloon Race Launch
3:45 - 4:00   Punch and Judy
4:00 - 4:30  Magic Show
5:00 - 7:00   Toast the Museum! Late Night Opening

* The Balloon Race Launch will take place at 3:30. The first 100 children to collect their entry cards from the Museum at 2:00 will enter their balloon in a race to win a mystery prize.

If you really can’t make it along on Tuesday there will be lots of other fun Birthday activities throughout Half Term. The Museum is normally open 10:00 – 16:00 and is not open on Sunday.

For more information please call 01635 30511 or visit www.westberkshiremuseum.org.uk

Notes to editor:

The Museum still resides in the Grade I 17th century Cloth Hall and now also extends into the Granary building.

One hundred years after Jonathan Hutchinson, curator of Haslemere Educational Museum, officially opened the Museum to the public, the Museum continues to care for the area’s historically significant objects, attracting visitors from all over the country and helping local people to understand and appreciate their cultural heritage.

Contact: Kate Sutton

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