READING Museum is launching two new galleries next week, with lots of half-term fun to be enjoyed.

The Story of Reading and Welcome Gallery arrive on Tuesday, May 28, and will be open to the public from 10am.

Focussing on life after Reading Abbey, the first part of the Story of Reading gallery launched in February.

New features explore the town's development into modern life, including fascinating objects.

The Welcome Gallery highlights the museum's full range of objects, exploring Reading's global links throughout history.

Councillor Karen Rowland, lead member for Culture, said: "The new galleries complement the other major openings for the Reading Abbey Revealed project last year and bring the Story of Reading up to date to modern times.

"I would highly encourage residents to visit the new gallery and learn more about the heritage of the town.

"There is also a fun packed week to look forward to during the half term with many activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy. Make sure you come along and join in."

There will be lots of activities on offer at the Museum during the May half-term, including arts and crafts, Abbey Quarter trails and clay workshops.

The new galleries are part of the major transformation work taking place at Reading Town Hall and the museum.