West Berkshire Museum opens after refurbishment

West Berkshire Museum Image copyright jon cruise
Image caption The museum is housed in Newbury's 17th Century Cloth Hall

A museum charting life in Berkshire has reopened after a £2.2m development.

The West Berkshire Museum, housed in Newbury's 17th Century Cloth Hall, has been refurbished with new display areas and visitor facilities.

Almost 20,000 artefacts, some dating back to the Iron Age, were packed away before the year-long building project.

West Berkshire Council's Hilary Cole said the museum's reopening would mean "local heritage can be preserved and enjoyed by future generations".

Funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, who awarded a grant of £1.2m.

The remaining £1m was been raised by West Berkshire Council, Greenham Common Trust and the Headley Trust.

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