Visit us

Visit Us

The Museum is now fully open, following a major redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Free Admission

The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road



Plan my visit


Many items from the collection can be seen online and you can also browse your way through lists of collections that we hold.

Detailed searches can be made using our online databases:

  • Enterprise includes archives, books and museum objects.
  • Our Adlib database may be easier to use for some searches (e.g. museum objects)
  • Some archive collections are uncatalogued or only listed in paper form. Please contact if you cannot find what you are looking for.

    To help you start your research, we have produced guides to books and articles on popular topics and these may be downloaded here.

    We also produce a selective annual list of publications on rural history. A list of all the articles from 2001 to 2014 can be downloaded here.