The MERL is a proud part of far-reaching and diverse communities which bridges town and country, thanks to our being a museum of rural life situated in the heart of the town of Reading.

We have long¬†worked with people both locally and nationally, and we deepened¬†this involvement still further through our Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Our Country Lives’ project. With this funding, we have been able to demonstrate the relevance of our collections to many different stakeholders, and to engage and inspire them in a variety of ways.