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Founded in 1997, The Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre is based in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (built 1881-1882). Located in the old hospital laundry (built 1881-1882), the Museum is the hub of the Centre's activities. In 2008 the Museum underwent a major redevelopment after being awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This is a small, independent general medical museum and registered charity whose aim is to preserve and display items of historical medical interest, particularly those with a local connection. The Museum is run entirely by volunteers - most of whom are retired employees of the hospital - and is supported by an active Friends group who take part in events throughout the year.

Our collection includes many hundreds of artefacts and photographs relating to medicine, surgery, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. We record oral histories and publish and promote books on local healthcare history which are available from our small shop at the museum.

We also have custody of the archives of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which include records dating back to its foundation in 1837.

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Royal Berkshire Medical Museum


London Road, READING, Berkshire, RG1 5AN

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