Music at Reading and the Music Society (RUMS) offer many opportunities for all students, staff, alumni and local community musicians to get involved and make music together.
At Reading, we have a wide range of arts, dance and music societies for you to join, as well as opportunities to get involved in film-making, writing, media, drama and more.
Societies at Reading are beginner-friendly, but some also offer mixed-ability and advanced levels for those with more experience. Societies are either taught by professional teachers or are student-led, which makes for a wide variety of experiences and learning.
See a full list of societies at Reading.
Museums and Collections
Our museums and collections are open to all.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) has fascinating galleries, a beautiful garden, a cafe and an astonishing array of objects, archives, photographs, film and library materials.
Follow the museum's famous twitter account: @TheMERL.
Our library and archive, Special Collections, is available to all via our reading room services, and you can also access our research and teaching by appointment.
Art, Music and Dance facilities
Multiple societies offer exciting opportunities in drama, music and dance that cover a range of styles, genres and abilities. Led by experienced students and teachers, you can perform your way through university in weekly rehearsals and regular events.
There are also societies that offer opportunities for students interested in media, film, comedy and fine art.
Reading Film Theatre
Located in the Palmer building, Reading Film Theatre (RFT) is Reading's only independent cinema.
Established nearly 50 years ago, Reading Film Theatre brings you the very best in world films. Our programme includes the latest blockbusters, as well as a wide range of smaller-budget and foreign language films. We also screen beautifully made films which raise important and challenging issues that you won’t find on the multiplex circuit.
Visit the RFT website.