Community Platforms

Our Community Platforms are exciting displays curated by community groups in Reading. Groups create exhibitions inspired by our collections, working with members of staff to showcase their own artistic and dynamic responses.

Current Exhibition

Brexit – a Rural Perspective

Until 11th February, 2018

Over the last three years, MERL staff have been travelling the length and breadth of the England talking to people about their lives in the country. During our conversations, Brexit and the impact of European Union membership on rural life has been one issue raised by some of our interviewees both before and after Britain’s 2016 referendum. This display explores some of their thoughts on this complicated topic which continues to divide opinion.

For details visit Brexit – a rural perspective


For details of past exhibitions including, AT HOME, WELLBEING AND THE COUNTRYSIDE, SEW ENGAGING & JOURNEYS, STORIES AND IDENTITIES, please download this pdf


If you are part of a community organisation in Reading and are interested in creating your own exhibition in relation to the themes of the museum, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Phillippa Heath, our Audience Development Project Manager, at