Our collections are wide-ranging, which means that our research partnerships are too!

Much of the research into our collections comes from the academic schools and departments in which they are fully embedded:

The University of Reading’s largest, centrally held collections (The MERL, Special Collections and Art Collections) are part of an enormous range of partnerships within both the University and the wider research community. This includes community and enthusiast groups. Many of these partnerships are structured around the collections’ core themes and strengths, with key examples including food and nutrition, landscape and design.

Within the University of Reading, several research centres are closely involved with collections-based research, including:

Discover our research projects and opportunities, our work with interdisciplinary researchers and networks, and how you can explore and work with our collections.