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Visit Us

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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The MERL is part of a far-reaching and diverse community which bridges town and country, thanks to our being a museum of rural life situated in the heart of Reading.

Our work with local and national audiences is long established and we have been able to extend this involvement still further through our Heritage Lottery-funded 'Our Country Lives' project. With this funding, we have been able to demonstrate the relevance of our collections to many different stakeholders, and to engage and inspire them in a variety of ways.