The MERL Gift Shop

No museum visit is complete without a browse in the gift shop. At The MERL, we are delighted to offer a choice range of cards, gifts and treats, inspired by the themes of our galleries, collection and rural history. So whether it’s a little something for the kids, or a souvenir to remember your visit, we’re sure there’s something for you.

‘MERLchandise’ in stock now!

We’re delighted to stock an exclusive range of products, including mugs, t-shirts, tote bags and tea towels, developed in partnership with Heritage Digital and Art UK, featuring the famous ‘Absolute Unit’, archive images, popular livestock paintings and a range featuring details from the Kent and Cheshire wall-hangings by Michael O’Connell. Come and see a selection in the gift shop or buy online!


The MERL gift shop also features handmade products created by local and regional artists and makers, as well as our own very talented staff.

Currently, shoppers can enjoy knitted and crocheted handmade Christmas decorations by the Museum’s ‘Mewes Knitters’ group and face-coverings made from fantastic rural-themed fabrics!

close up of a hand knitted reindeer Christmas decoration in the MERL gift shop


University of Reading staff and students can us their Campus Cards to make payments in our gift shop and café.

We offer a discount of 10% to University of Reading students and The MERL volunteers.

All shop purchases support The MERL’s activities and programming.

If you’d like to support us with a donation, you can now do so online via our online donations page! Thank you!