Reading: People and Place
Queen Elizabeth I about 1575
The first gallery you come to in the Museum, Reading: People and Place explores Reading's long history, from the present day back to its origins as a Saxon settlement in the 6th century.
Here you can find out how Reading people lived in the past and how both famous and ordinary men and women made the town we know today. The gallery features clips from oral history interviews with local people, interactive displays and a rich mix of real objects. It includes finds from Reading Abbey, our stunning 1575 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, seats from the Elm Park stadium and the huge 17th century gates of the original Oracle workhouse. A whole new area explores Reading's recent history since the Second World War.
This gallery also has three cases used for small-scale temporary displays of objects from the Museum collections or on loan from community groups. Our Community Cases have recently housed displays on the Jackson's Department Store, the Girl Guides and Reading Gaol. Please contact us if you belong to a group which would be interested in using the cases - you can download a proposal form at the bottom of this page.
Date updated: 03 Jul 2014