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The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road



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Tales from the Stacks Book Club

Two Stories by Leonard and Virginia Woolf March 30th 2017 | 5.30 to 7pm (Museum, shop, cafe and reading room open 5-9pm)

Booking Details

No need to book


Date March 30th 2017
Time 5.30 to 7pm (Museum, shop, cafe and reading room open 5-9pm)
Cost Free


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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A book club with a difference! Enjoy a cup of coffee, meet people and discuss books inspired by the University’s extensive archives, rare books and museum collections. Each session is accompanied by a gallery talk or a display featuring items from the collections. The sessions are facilitated by academics and staff from across the University, who have selected some of their favourite books.

In this session, Dr Nicola Wilson will discuss Two Stories by Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

For further details of this and future sessions visit the Special Collections website

The book club runs on the last Thursday of every month to coincide with the Museum's Extended Hours Night, so you can stay and visit the galleries, shop or reading room until 9pm. This month the evening will feature a performance by The MERL Players at 7.30pm. It's free and you can just drop in.

What's on

Medieval Caxton Leaf display

  • From May 10th 2017 To June 16th 2017
  • Usual Museum opening times, plus Mondays.
  • Free

Half Term at The MERL

  • From May 27th 2017 To June 4th 2017
  • Usual museum opening times (Closed Monday)
  • Free admission

Mini Beast Family Event

  • June 2nd 2017
  • 10-11am or 11.15 to 12.15pm
  • 3 per participating child. Adults free.

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