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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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memories re-visited

We took our French friends to the museum last weekend and they were very impressed. It reminded... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tadley, United Kingdom
Unexpected pleasure!

Went on a drab rainy summer's day. Very impressed! Free parking, free entry. It has kiddy trail... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chloe B
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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
+44 118 378 8660
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took our French friends to the museum last weekend and they were very impressed. It reminded them as well as me of the old days on the farm. The shear volume of hand tools and implements was staggering. The interactive displays did not always...More

Thank michaelallaston
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a drab rainy summer's day. Very impressed! Free parking, free entry. It has kiddy trail where you hunt rats and learn about country life. Lots of interactive games along the way - shepherding sheep, practising crop rotation etc. My kids zipped through a...More

Thank Chloe B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited this museum for the first time and were impressed with just how many interesting exhibits they have, though I must say the supporting information is often sparse in terms of how and when many of the items on display were used. That...More

Thank Alwaysonholiday53
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has a number of interesting items including a large collection of wagons from all parts of England (4 wheels - evidently those with only 2 are carts but what about the horse & carts we used to see with rag & bone men!). However, despite...More

Thank Portland_Holiday
Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 25 June 2017

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 18 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 12 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 8 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

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