Music at Reading and the Music Society (RUMS) offer many opportunities for all students, staff, alumni and local community musicians to get involved and make music together.
At Reading, we have a wide range of arts, dance and music societies for you to join, as well as opportunities to get involved in film-making, writing, media, drama and more!
Societies at Reading are beginner friendly but some also offer mixed ability and advanced levels for those with more experience. Societies are either taught by professional teachers or are student led which makes for a wide variety of experiences and learning.
Museums and Collections
Our museums and collections are open to all.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) has fascinating galleries, a beautiful garden, a well-stocked cafe and over 1 million objects, archives, photographs, film and other library materials.
Our library and archive Special Collections are available to all via our reading room services, and you can also access our research and teaching by appointment.
Art, Music and Dance facilities
The University hosts a range of exciting performance events all year round, and provides rehearsal facilities across both Whiteknights and London Road campus.
The spaces include 3sixty, the Great Hall, the Meadow Suite, SportsPark, the ballroom in Wessex Hall and several music practice rooms.
Societies are welcome to use RUSU owned facilities, but may also invest in their own equipment such as lights, speakers, costumes and kit.
Reading Film Theatre
Locating in the Palmer building, Reading Film Theatre is Reading's only independent cinema.
Established nearly 50 years ago, Reading Film Theatre brings you the very best in world films. Our programme includes the latest blockbusters as well as a wide range of smaller budget and foreign-language films. We also screen beautifully made films which raise important and challenging issues you won’t find on the multiplex circuit.
Over the years, the University has established creative connections with local and UK wide companies.
We support creative projects including:
We have also collaborated with external cultural partners including: