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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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Student Panel

Our student panel consists of students aged 18-25. The student panel meets regularly during term time to work on a variety of projects and provides a great for developing a range of transferable skills. Recent projects include:

  • designing 'The Nook', the new social learning space as part of the Our Country Lives redevelopment project; collaborating with museum staff and designers to create a new, relaxing space where students and the public are welcome to study, relax and reflect.
  • Our Panel have organised two successful Museums at Night events, the '1951 Vintage Night' and 'Chalk or Cheese?'.
  • Now a collaborative project with Reading Museum.

Countryside Forum

Through our Countryside Forum we are meeting and collaborating with a diverse range of people who have direct experience of the countryside, building relationships and listening to their stories and experiences, ensuring that the museum reflects contemporary stories. If you live and work in the countryside and would like to share your experiences with us, then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Family Forum

Our Family Forum is an opportunity for local families to get involved in the work of the museum and have their say on our current and future plans. Sessions are fun, informal, suitable for all ages and help ensure that we are appealing to local families. Refreshments are provided. We are particularly keen to welcome people who have not visited the museum before.

Teachers Panel

Our Teachers Panel is a chance for teachers to share their views and shape our learning programmes. It is a forum for primary, secondary, SEN teachers and trainee teachers. With exclusive opportunities to engage with our object, archive and library collections, as a member of our panel you will help steer and shape the MERL learning programmes. Meetings take place on the last Thursday of the month from 4-6pm and free refreshments are provided.

For more information on how to join any of our forums, please contact our Audience Development Project Manager, Phillippa Heath, at