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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



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Upcoming Events

The Hogarth Press at 100

  • From June 12th 2017 To August 31st 2017
  • Usual museum opening times
  • Free

Summer holidays at The MERL

  • From July 22nd 2017 To September 3rd 2017
  • Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)
  • Free admission

Miller's Ark at The MERL

  • August 17th 2017
  • 12 to 4pm
  • �3 per participating child. Under 2s and adults free

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Extended Hours Night: New Ladybird Acquisitions

  • August 31st 2017
  • 5-9pm
  • Free


Heritage Open Days

  • From September 7th 2017 To September 10th 2017
  • 10.30am - 11.30pm
  • Free

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Showing, Doing, Telling: Making Lace

  • September 9th 2017
  • 11am to 4pm
  • Free

No need to book

Autumn Programme 2017: Showing, Doing, Telling

  • From September 11th 2017 To December 21st 2017
  • Various
  • £Various

Coming soon