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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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Friday Fledglings

A new weekly outdoor learning session for under 5s June 23rd 2017 | 10am to 11.30am

Booking Details

No booking required


Date June 23rd 2017
Time 10am to 11.30am
Cost £3 per child (includes a drink and a snack)


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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A new weekly outdoor learning session for pre-schoolers which takes advantage of the fantastic urban garden at The MERL, and promotes the benefits of outdoor learning. Sessions will take their inspiration from the themes and collections of the museum and focus on outdoor play and exploration of the natural environment. They will involve story-telling, craft activities and singing. Friday Fledglings will be run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader.

Suitable for families with children under 5 years old.

Children and adults must dress for the weather!

What's on

The Hogarth Press at 100

  • From June 12th 2017 To August 31st 2017
  • Usual museum opening times
  • Free

Summer holidays at The MERL

  • From July 22nd 2017 To September 3rd 2017
  • Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)
  • Free admission

Extended Hours Night: New Ladybird Acquisitions

  • August 31st 2017
  • 5-9pm
  • Free