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The Museum of English Rural Life is owned by the University of Reading. The Museum reopened in October 2016 after a £3 redevelopment project, which radically transformed the public displays. The new Museum challenges perceptions about rural England by revealing the historical and contemporary relevance of country life. The new interactive, immersive galleries explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture and health. The collections include over 25000 objects providing a material record of rural life from 1750 to the present day, as well as library, archive and photographic collections telling the story of rural life.

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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) University of Reading Redlands Road
RG1 5EX Reading

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology

Topics

Profession & Craft Agriculture

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Wednesday 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Thursday 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Friday 09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 05:00 pm

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Facilities


  • Coffee

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Child friendly

  • Credit card

  • Parking

Location

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) University of Reading Redlands Road, Reading, England

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