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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


The MERL offers a unique resource for anyone interested in life and work in the English countryside. Start your research using our online databases!

Whether you are working on a student assignment, engaged in a scholarly enquiry, exploring your family history, searching for technical information to help restore a farm machine or seeking inspiration for a creative project, our team of expert staff can help you make the most of these collections.

You can also use these pages to explore the Museum's own research activities and collections projects.