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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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Extended Hours Night

Monthly late opening of the museum, shop, cafe and reading room July 27th 2017 | 5-9pm

Booking Details



Date July 27th 2017
Time 5-9pm
Cost Free


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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Not enough hours in the day? We're open late on the last Thursday of every month, so you can visit the reading room, museum galleries, shop and cafe until 9pm. There are usually additional activities taking place on the evening to add to your visit.

Meet the artist: Christine Mackey, 5-7pm

Come and meet Christine Mackey, one of our new artists-in-residence and find out more about her work and the collections that will be inspiring her.  

During her Wellcome Trust funded residency Christine will be investigating how the way people farm poultry has changed in the last century, how interrelated the food chains of poultry and humans are, and new ways to recycle waste materials. She plans to create a structure for The MERL garden that has the dual purpose of an art installation and a functioning hen house. She intends to review historic habitats to help The MERL bridge the gap between its urban audiences and its collections that revolve around rural life.

Read the press release for more details on our exciting new artist residencies.




What's on

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

Extended Hours Night: Meet the artist

  • July 27th 2017
  • 5-9pm
  • Free