The Power to Tell It for Ourselves

Last summer, The MERL celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) with ‘Roots and Routes’, a special reading and talk by award-winning poet Jo Clement. In this guest blog, they tell us about their recent panel at the Museums Association Conference in Gateshead, a workshop with local school children and some exciting collaborative changes […]

Glow Up! St Andrew’s Staircase Hall Redevelopment Project

For the first time in twenty years, St Andrew’s Hall has been presented anew. Visitors – including University staff, students and the general public – can now discover books, archives and artworks from the Museum of English Rural Life’s Library and Archive, Special Collections and University Art Collections.

Advising the Nation: the MAFF bulletins

As the project to catalogue The MERL’s collection of bulletins published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is completed, Collections Librarian, Claudia Ricci explores the history and significance of the publications.

From Britain to South Africa (and back again)

Discover fascinating details from a recently digitised series of extraordinary mid-century photographs that provide evidence to fill gaps in the history of some of the most iconic items now held in the collection of The MERL.

The campaigns of the Women’s Institute

Work experience student, Amelie Roome, delves into the archives of the Women’s Institute to examine the Institute’s role in the historical and contemporary English countryside.

New Model Farming

Find our what Henry Ford, Barbie, the prolific farm toy collector Peter Wade-Martins, and a little girl called Pippa Hughes all have in common…

  • Visit us

    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


    RG1 5EX

    Plan my visit