Museum of English Rural Life

Museum of English Rural Life

The Museum of English Rural Life was founded by the University of Reading in 1951 to reflect and record the changing face of farming and the countryside.

It houses Designated collections of national importance that span the full range of objects, archives, photographs, film and books. Today, it forms part of the University's Museums and Collections Service.

The Museum operates as a major resource and research centre for the history of food, farming and the countryside with links into the School of History and other academic departments at the University.


Opposite the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Redlands Road. See The Location page for a map, driving directions and public transport information.

Opening Hours

Museum : Tuesday-Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 - 4.30pm

Archives and Library Reading Room: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

To make an appointment to visit the Reading Room, please call 0118 378 8660 or e-mail


Entrance to the Museum, and to use the Reading Room, is free.