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

MERL Annual Lecture – The British Countryside in 2030

Richard Benyon, Newbury MP and Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, will explore the issues surrounding the future of the British countryside when he presents MERL’s Annual Lecture on Thursday 29 November. Richard Benyon said: “In 2012, it could be said that the British countryside is in a state of imbalance. While many species […]

Press Release: Ladybird books – icons of British childhood – under the microscope at MERL

Members of the public are to be given a rare glimpse of original artwork from one of the hidden gems among the University of Reading’s special collections. The Ladybird Archive, held by the University’s Special Collections Services, contains thousands of individual items, including original artwork and cover designs from hundreds of Ladybird books – perhaps […]

Press Release: University wins silverware at Royal Berkshire Show

Interactive exhibits, home-grown food and fun activities helped the University of Reading to win two top prizes at the Royal Berkshire Show 2012. The University’s display won first prize in the best large trade stand and the best local trade stand categories at this year’s show, which ran over the weekend of 15th and 16th September. The display […]

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