The MERL is a proud part of far-reaching and diverse communities which bridges town and country, thanks to our being a museum of rural life situated in the heart of the town of Reading.

We have long worked with people both locally and nationally, and we deepened this involvement still further through our Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Our Country Lives’ project. With this funding, we have been able to demonstrate the relevance of our collections to many different stakeholders, and to engage and inspire them in a variety of ways.