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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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Volunteering at the MERL

Put simply, our volunteers are very important to us. We've enjoyed working with volunteers for many years and their support is invaluable in making our collections more accessible to the general public and researchers. They undertake significant work that ranges from leading guided tours and supporting museum education sessions to cataloguing archive materials and helping preserve our collections.

People volunteer with us for a number of reasons, whether it's to gain experience for future employment in the cultural sector, to have a chance to explore their hobby or interests through original artefacts, or simply to do something useful. Whatever the reason, volunteers make a huge contribution towards our work and enable more people to use and enjoy our collections.

We are delighted to have achieved the 2016 'Investing in Volunteers' accreditation, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to volunteering and effective volunteer management, and shows how much we value and support our volunteers at the museum.

Follow what our volunteers are up to on our Twitter account, @UniRdg_MusVols.