The Friends of West Berkshire Museum is an independent charitable organisation working in partnership with West Berkshire Museum. The role of the Friends is to support the Museum through fundraising, social and othera ctivties as well as promoting the Museum within the community.
The Mills Archive was established in 2002 as a permanent repository for historical and contemporary material on traditional mills and milling, and to make that material available for public inspection and use in research and learning. It has rescued over 1 million documents and images that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill site.
The Mills Archive is a centralised archive and library that allows users to store and retrieve information and records about traditional mills and milling. It was set up in response to an expressed need to preserve and where possible integrate the various threatened sources of information on the windmills and watermills of the UK and the rest of the world.
The Newbury Society is established for the public benefit for the following purposes in the area comprising the former Borough of Newbury together with the adjacent civil parishes:
- To stimulate public interest and educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit, and in the transport and communications serving it.
- To promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit.
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.
- To promote civic pride in the area of benefit.
For over 700 years, a small chapel has stood at the eastern end of Thatcham on the main London to Bath Road. The chapel is one of the oldest buildings in West Berkshire and is a Grade I Listed Building. In 2004, the Thatcham (Old Bluecoat School) Charity was established with the aim of raising funds to repair the building for the advancement of education and to provide leisure and recreation facilities.
Please note - there is no postbox at the Old Bluecoat School, and for enquiries, email the Secretary or call on 07570 097332
The Forum is a partnership established to record, promote and protect the heritage of West Berkshire. Membership consists of heritage, history and other related groups in West Berkshire, together with all parishes.