MuseumSights and activitiesRiverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

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The Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock is a branch of the larger Reading Museum that focuses on the River Kennett and the River Thames and their impact on Reading.

Riverside Museum at Blake's Lock in Reading, Berkshire (Photo: Juan J Martínez [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock in Reading, Berkshire (Photo: Juan J Martínez [CC BY-SA 2.0])

What to see at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

The Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock is housed inside two former waterworks buildings: the Screen House and Turbine House. The museum’s exhibits mostly focus on human activity on Reading’s two rivers and the rivers’ impact on the culture and growth of the town.

Objects on display inside the Screen House include a Romani caravan with an accompanying video about Romani life plus a medieval wooden wheel from St Giles Mill and other artefacts about life along the two rivers.

Turbine House has displays of turbine machinery and also hosts a programme of art exhibits.

Visiting the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

The Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock is located alongside the River Kennet around 1.25km (¾ mile) east of the town centre. It is around a 15-minute walk from the town centre.

Admission is free of charge and the museum is open from April to September.

You probably wouldn’t go out of your way to visit this museum, but it is not far from the ruins of Reading Abbey (and it is a lovely walk alongside the river) and worth a short visit if you’re passing by.

It is a small museum and a quick visit shouldn’t take longer than half an hour.

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