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Museum of English Rural Life

6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
+44 118 378 8660
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A little charmer

We were attracted to the Museum of English Rural Life by the Ladybird Books exhibition, which was... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
grahamcarter61
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Interesting visit...

We went having realised its on our doorstep, but never have been! It is about 1 mile outside the... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Stumpy12345
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Reading
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The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. The museum galleries and garden are closed until 19th October 2016 for a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project. The staircase hall displays, and library and archives reading room are still open (Monday 10am to 5pm and Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We were attracted to the Museum of English Rural Life by the Ladybird Books exhibition, which was really rather small in the end, but we left feeling we had found a (relatively) undiscovered gem. And it's free! What one could mistake for a dull agricultural...More

Thank grahamcarter61
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We went having realised its on our doorstep, but never have been! It is about 1 mile outside the centre and easily accessible on the university grounds opposite the Royal Berkshire Hospital and on the university campus. There is some parking, near bus routes and...More

Thank Stumpy12345
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Perhaps I was expecting too much, but I was a little disappointed overall by my visit. The display of wagons was very good and there was an explanation of each on the wall behind you. Just a little niggle from one who is interested in...More

Thank Malmcdo
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

MERL is open again after apparently £3m refurbishment, amazing how little you actually get for £3m these days. It's still the same collection of stuff (baskets, barrows, carts and whittled spoons) just arranged a bit differently. We felt some of the exhibit labelling could have...More

Thank arborfieldman
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We visited for the first time this Sunday morning (dad mid 60s and daughter mid 30s), despite having lived locally for a number of years. What a mistake! The museum is housed in a beautiful Reading red brick building, and is part of the university....More

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

We're so pleased that you have now discovered the Museum. Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the new displays and interactives and hope that you'll be back again soon to visit the galleries upstairs...More

Reviewed 15 January 2017

I have family who work near here so I've popped in here to kill time before only to end up having them meet me there and the pair of us spend time walking around the place! It's really in depth in aspects of life and...More

Thank meunda
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

Thank you for visiting this weekend and for taking the time to write a review! We're very pleased you found the new gallery content interesting and hope you make it back soon to explore further.

Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I have to admit that I'm impressed by the museum. Those who left reviews saying 'old junk', clearly have no idea on the importance of the collection and what the historical significance. It's like going to a beach and complaining that it's full of sand....More

Thank Lewis G
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Heard about this on my local TV News and it sounded worth a visit. If you are of more mature years it will probably be more interesting (there is very few inter-active items). That said, it might be useful to show youngsters just how the...More

Thank Tyzllmyne
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This museum is really well presented. It has a wide range of interesting exhibits, which are explained by information panels which link in to the social circumstances of the times. It also has a pleasant garden and a small cafe.

1  Thank FELICITY L
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2017

Thank you for visiting The MERL and taking the time to write a review. We're delighted that you enjoyed the new museum.

Reviewed 18 November 2016

Having seen this Museum advertised this was our main reason for coming to Reading for the day to see the three University Museums. We were not disappointed, it is easy to see where the 3 million pound revamp was spent, it really is a superb...More

Thank Peter P
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Thank you very much for visiting the new museum and for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We are delighted that you felt it was worth your trip! It makes all the effort worthwhile! We are sorry that all the labels were...More

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