Image library

Photograph of a tractor from the MERL archivesWe hold images of agriculture, landscapes and rural life, large collections of photographs from the farming press, photo agencies, records of Britain's leading agricultural engineering firms and local images of Reading, Berkshire and the surrounding counties.

You can view a sample of our pictures (click on each picture to see the respective sections) or you could visit to see the original collection. There is no online ordering system for the image library. Whether you know what you would like to see, or need advice, please contact us.

For further information about our image library, please visit our collections website.

You can explore the MERL photographic collections using the online database

The photographic collection may be consulted for free in the Reading Room.

Image galleries

View a selection of images in the galleries below

Farmer and Stockbreeder photographic collection

Farmers Weekly photographic collection

John Tarlton Collection

Peter Adams Collection

Colin Shaw Collection

Unidentified local images - can you help?

World War One gallery 1

World War One gallery 2

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