Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX, United Kingdom

The MERL is owned and managed by the University of Reading.

Established in 1951 with the aim to capture & record the changing countryside the photographic collections now number more than a million images.

The collection is an important resource covering all aspects of agriculture, the countryside, its people work & industry.

The collection is particularly strong in images of country people, rural crafts, working horses & all aspects of farming.