Floating Garden: Public Art Pages

The University Art Collection website has a series of new pages dedicated to public art projects across the University. Over the summer, artist-duo Ben Cain and Tina Gverović installed the sculpture Floating Garden in the new library quad on the Whiteknights campus. Inspired by the University’s history, research interests and communities, it responds to the […]

Update: November Opening

Following the latest Government regulations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will close to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 4 November 2020 until the end of the lockdown period. However, from Thursday 5 November 2020, we will continue to provide access to collections through the Art Collection […]

Teaching with Collections

We are publishing details of the many options available for University of Reading staff who wish to teach with collections. There is a new guide here. Options include: – Using pre-recorded and ready-digitised material; – Creating or enhancing digital resources; – Running live sessions (both face-to-face and online). From mid-August, we will be offering staff […]

Digital Access to Art Collections

Today, we are publishing our plans to increase digital access to our collections. There is a new digital access guide here.  During the lockdown, we have continued to make available content that has already been digitised, launching new websites and schools resources.  From 13 July, we will be re-starting copying services for The Museum of English Rural Life, Special […]

Update on Coronavirus

Update: 11th August 2020 We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday the 8th of September, the Art Collections Study Room will reopen for visitors! This also includes the Museum of English Rural Life, the University Special Collections, and the shop, café and garden. We have greatly missed you during these difficult months and are […]