Reading Town Hall

Reading Town Hall enjoys a long and illustrious history.  It consists of four buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries.  In 1786 the oldest building - the Victoria Hall - opened as a purpose built town hall designed by Charles Poulton. 

A new council chamber and a clock tower designed by Alfred Waterhouse opened in 1876 followed by the Museum, Library and a Concert Hall, designed by the architect Thomas Lanson.Art Gallery and Library Reading room were added and then in 1975 new civic offices were built to serve Reading Borough and the Town Hall ceased its administration function. 

Reading Town Hall survived the threat of demolition in the 1970s and was comprehensively refurbished in the late 1980s.  It has undergone further changes to meet modern requirements and now hosts a leading conference and banqueting venue, The Concert HallReading Museum and the Berkshire Coroner's Office.