Saturday 16th June 2018 – Reading Abbey Revealed

Reading Borough Council event
Reading Abbey Revealed

16 Jun 2018 – 11:00am to 5:00pm

Venue: Abbey Ruins
Price: FREE

Join us to celebrate the re-opening of the Abbey Ruins at Reading Abbey Revealed!

Alongside ‘Water Fest’ the festival will take over the Abbey Quarter with activities and entertainment for all ages. We will be revealing and celebrating the exciting history of Reading.

​In the Forbury Gardens

  • Visit our historic encampment and speak to our re-enactors
  • Have a go at a variety of historical crafts
  • Visit our Reading Museum pop-up
  • Watch our medieval and civil war demonstrations
  • Indulge in Reading’s best street food

​In the Abbey Ruins

  • Explore the newly restored ruins
  • Enjoy performances by local artists
  • Meet characters from the Quarter’s past

​Along the River Kennet

  • ​Admire the narrow boats
  • Take a boat trip
  • Explore the charity and community stalls

​Don’t miss our children’s parade in the afternoon!

Opens January 24th 2018 – West Berkshire Museum: Hoards

West Berkshire Museum

Special Exhibition: Hoards

Bringing together for the first time, over 11 hoards from all over West Berkshire.  A chance to see buried treasure from prehistory to the medieval period, ranging from a hoard of Bronze Age Axes, Iron Age hoards of gold coins, Roman hoards of hundreds of coins, to a hoard of coins of Charles I and James I.  Explore the history of each hoard, find out how they were found, and consider why they were hidden and never retrieved.

Entry to West Berkshire Museum is free but donations are most welcomed.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am -4pm

Image: The Crow Down Hoard, Acquired 2006

More info here

Special Exhibition: Hoards

Berkshire Archaeological Journal – Volume 82


  • Cross Dykes: An Interpretation   by R.J. Brewer
  • Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval remains at Caley’s Department Store, 19-23 High Street, Windsor, Berkshire
    by Nicholas Cooke, Wessex Archaeology
  • Prehistoric, Roman and post-medieval remains at Raghill Farm Quarry, Aldermaston, West Berkshire
    by S.E. Clelland and A. Manning, Wessex Archaeology 
  • Bronze Age to Roman site at George’s Farm, Crookham, Berkshire   by Nicholas Cooke, Wessex Archaeology
  • Locating ‘Hawkridge Wood’.  Interpreting the Bucklebury Charter of AD 956   by Dick Greenaway
  • Excavations at Park Way, Newbury, Berkshire
    by Tim Allen, Kate Brady and Steve Lawrence, Oxford Archaeology
  • Artefacts from Reading goal?   By Anthea Harris

Now being distributed free of charge to members 

Others may order a copy for £15 to Catherine Petts  or Andrew Hutt