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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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Reading Room

The reading room provides access to MERL's library, archives and photographic collections and the University of Reading's other Special Collections.

The reading room is open between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. (Please note that on the last Thursday of each month the reading room will remain open until 9pm as part of the Museum's extended hours! A great opportunity to visit if you can't make it during normal working hours!)

The collections are accessible to all researchers on completion of a registration form. Please bring some form of identification on your first visit.

In order to avoid disappointment, we suggest you contact us in advance of your visit indicating the items you wish to consult. This is because some items are stored offsite and cannot be retrieved immediately.  You can use our online catalogues to gather descriptions and references of items and collections.