‘It was good to have a place to go finding MERL, it made me happy a place I felt good. I would go there on other days so I could get out of the hotel. I am so happy to share my sewing with people and to have an exhibition.  I am very happy for it and proud.’

‘I simply cannot express how much it meant to me to be made to feel so welcome somewhere. The isolation and stigma attached to PTSD often feels harder than the attack that started it. I just wish more people were as lovely as you!’

Welcoming Sanctuary Seekers to our Museum

As part of our strategic partnership with Reading Museum (Museums Partnership Reading) we are proud to be working towards becoming a Museum of Sanctuary so that both our museums become places of welcome for Asylum Seekers and Refugees. In so doing, we are proud to endorse the City of Sanctuary charter, have pledged our commitment to Reading City of Sanctuary, and signed the national organisational pledge to City of Sanctuary.

Over time, this web page will be updated with further news and links to projects and resources. To learn more about Reading Museum’s involvement, please visit their website.

For more information please contact:

Phillippa Heath, Learning and Engagement Manager at The MERL p.heath2@reading.ac.uk

Lucy Griffin, Visitor Services Officer at Reading Museum lucy.griffin@reading.gov.uk

Museums Partnership Reading & Arts Council logos
the logo for City of Sanctuary, featuring two silhouettes of people, one red and one blue, joining hands