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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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Image Library

With more than a million images, the MERL is one of the UK's largest specialist sources for pictures of farming and rural life. Our photographs show people, landscapes, animals and machines; they include top quality photo-journalism and rare works by talented amateurs. We have a wide range of illustrations, footage and artworks, and historical photographs of the local area.

We offer professional copying services and print on demand at reasonable rates. You can also obtain licences to use much of our content. Our customers range from major broadcasters and publishers to local historians and academics. Many images are available via our online databases  and you can conduct research onsite or via our dedicated MERL Images enquiry service. Please note that longer searches may incur a fee.