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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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The new MERL well worth a visit for all ages

Terrific little museum that illustrates how rural life has changed over the last couple of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Balvine
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
Hidden gem which derves to be better known

Well designed and packed with fascinating artefacts and displays. Lovely display of old Ladybird... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
2alison2017
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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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 2 weeks ago

Terrific little museum that illustrates how rural life has changed over the last couple of centuries. Varied displays cover farming, rural crafts, domestic life, health and education as it used to be. There's enough multimedia to keep the kids happy, plus the static displays are...More

Thank Balvine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well designed and packed with fascinating artefacts and displays. Lovely display of old Ladybird books upstairs. The space is extremely well used to display the extensive collection of agricultural equipment and vehicles. Only criticism is there could be more informative labelling.

Thank 2alison2017
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Definitely a gem! I loved everything about this museum. It gave my sister and I a thorough understanding of everyday activities during the time of our English grandparents. We saw this museum during our 2014 visit but it was closed in 2016. I would have...More

Thank Lindsay E
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I took two children age 9 and 12, they chose an activity pack to take round the museum which they enjoyed completing as well as the interactive displays, I found it interesting, there was also a place for a cuppa and nice facilities, staff were...More

Thank Nissy73
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This museum is on our doorstep so I thought it was time to visit and see what they had to offer; I am glad we called in as my daughter enjoyed it. Not only do they have displays of items related to rural life but...More

Thank Spencer V
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

A most interesting museum. Our 3 young grandchildren 3; 5 & 7 were fascinated and their interests were maintained for nearly 2 hours

Thank jimthebuilder
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I noted this as a place to visit a while back when I had a number of hospital visits but at the time it was closed for refurbishment and later was closed on Mondays, hospital days... So made a special trip now it has reopened....More

Thank davews2016
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a truly exceptional museum with a wonderful collection of exhibits from England's rural history. Why is it not better known? We were with two young grandchildren so I didn't have the chance to take in all the information - my partner was blown...More

1  Thank Jen W
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This museum was good but following refurbishment and updating it's even better now with an amazing range of exhibits for all - even games for younger children who can play at being sheepdogs​. Better still there's no admission fee although there is the opportunity to...More

Thank Geoffrey B
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the new galleries and we are very grateful for your donation. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We dropped in here on a damp Saturday morning - what a pleasant surprise. It's far bigger than it looks from the outside, and full of interesting historic agricultural exhibits. Very interesting, no charge but donations accepted.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you dropped in and enjoyed what you found! We hope to see you again soon!

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