Snow Update – Sunday 20th Jan

We’re open as usual, despite the weather, so please do come and see us! We’ll be opening at 2pm, but the snow is getting heavier, so we may need to leave earlier than usual to make sure that our staff can get home safely. Please call us on 0118 378 8660 to make sure that we’re […]

Snow Update – Saturday 19th Jan

We’re open as usual, despite the weather, so please do come and see us! We’ll be here from 2-4:30pm. The MERL car park is still very snowy, but you can park down the side of the museum in Acacias Road, which has been gritted. The buses are also running, the 9, 20, 20a and 21 will […]

SNOW UPDATE – Jan 18th, 12.15pm

Due to worsening weather conditions, the Museum and reading room will close at 4pm today. Reading room services may be restricted to pre-ordered items and open shelf material. Please check our website for updates regarding weekend opening.

Snow update – Jan 18th, 11.25am

The Museum & Special Collections reading room are currently open as usual. Toddler Time will take place at 1pm as planned. However, snow is falling heavily in Reading and we are monitoring the situation carefully. We still plan to open as usual at the weekend but decisions will be taken depending on conditions nearer the […]

MERL Annual Review 2011-12

The Annual Review for 2011-12 is now available to download from our website. The review covers the Museum and Special Collections’ highlights and achievements over the last academic year (to September ’12)  To download the Review, visit

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