Weekly what's on: 22nd Sept to 5th October

Full details of our events this term can be found on our website, and events in the Our Country Lives programme are listed here Samuel Beckett in London – the Murphy Notebooks Weds 1st to Saturday 4th October As part of  the University of Reading’s Beckett Week, a celebration of the University’s internationally renowned collection […]

Chocolate box images & perceptions of the countryside

Alison Hilton, Marketing Officer, shows how, with a little bit of research, it is possible to link chocolate and English Rural Life, and invites you to come and talk about your perceptions of the countryside at our first Our Country Lives Information Day on Sat 4th October. Staff and volunteers spent last weekend on the […]

A Take on Teen Twitter Takeover Day

Teen Twitter Takeover Day – Wednesday 27th August, written by Chloe On Wednesday 27th August I took part, on behalf of MERL, in ‘Teen Twitter Takeover Day’. Organised by Kids in Museums, this was a day designed to promote their national Takeover Day in November, by having teenagers take over the Twitter accounts of museums and […]

Project update: What happens next?

Having heard the news of our project funding earlier this summer, you may be wondering what happens next? So in this post Alison Hilton, marketing officer, answers some ‘frequently asked questions’ Has work on the project started yet? We are still going through the processes required before work on the Our Country Lives project can start. […]

Weekly what's on: Sept 15th to 21st

You can find details of all our forthcoming events at on our What’s On pages, but here’s what’s happening at MERL this week… Guided tours Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, 3-3.45pm Free, booking advisable but not essential Let our fully trained tour guides tell you the stories behind the objects on display and visit the object store to see […]

Weekly what's on: Sept 8th to 14th

You can find details of all our forthcoming events at on our What’s On pages, but here’s what’s happening at MERL this week… Events Heritage Open Day tours Thurs 11th, Fri 12th 11am & Sunday 14th, 3pm (house only) Free, booking required Join us for a free behind the scenes tour of our Victorian home and see some […]

Discovering the Landscape #6: Susan and Geoffrey Jellicoe catalogues now available online!

Written by Claire Wooldridge, Landscape Institute Library Officer Drawings donated to the Landscape Institute by Geoffrey Jellicoe and the photographic collection of Susan Jellicoe are now catalogued and are available to search via our online catalogue and by collection in PDF format (Geoffrey Jellicoe, Susan Jellicoe). These fantastic collections cover landscape architecture and landscape history […]

  • 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