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, books 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.


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.

Our new Blueprints range, available in the Gift Shop and online features images from the incredible collection of engineering drawings in the MERL Archives. Find out more about the collection and products on our blog.

Tea towels from the new Blueprints range of products 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!