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Museums, My Way

Themed sessions for neurodivergent visitors of all ages
September 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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September 2
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Family playing at the farm table in the Toys gallery at The MERL

Free sessions developed with Autism Berkshire

“This was our first (museum) event and to be honest I felt quite emotional. I was touched by such a supportive environment and welcoming faces. Thank you!”

Join us for this free, bookable session which will take place on a Monday when the museum is closed to the public. Siblings, families, carers and friends are all welcome. All activities are optional and you can visit at any point within the event times.

The session will offer:

  • sensory backpacks and ear defenders
  • break out spaces
  • themed facilitated hands-on activity
  • themed gallery trail 

Please visit our Museums, My Way page to find out more about the Museums Partnership Reading programme at The MERL, Reading Museum and other partner venues, and our Access page for downloadable resources (sensory map, and social story) to help you prepare for your visit. 

Museums My Way written in white round the inside of a blue circle


Please note that the museum’s car park can fill up quickly at busy times. If The MERL car park is full, you can use a special parking permit, valid throughout half term, to park in the University car parks on Acacia Road adjacent to the museum, or White Gates car park found at the second left off Crown Place, a short walk from the museum. (Please note the permit is not valid in the private car park on Crown Place)

You can collect a permit from reception at the museum or download the permit here and print at home.

If you do not display a permit, you may be issued with a penalty. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this solution means we can continue to offer free parking in the nearby University car parks. If you have any questions, please call 0118 378 8660 or email merlevents@reading.ac.uk

We would always encourage you to use alternative means of transport where possible. See our Getting Here page for details.

Museums, My Way is part of The MERL and Reading Museum’s Arts Council funded programme, Museums Partnership Reading.

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