Words by Olga Shevchenko, MSc Applied International Development.
Ever wondered what you could tell your friends and family about Reading and could not think of anything? There is something you could do about it in just a couple of hours on a rainy day.
Reading is home to a few museums: Reading Museum, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), Cole Museum of Zoology and Medical museum, all of which are free to visit.
Reading Museum is a source of fun knowledge about this town. For example, the Oracle used to be a workhouse for unemployed people in 1628. There you could learn about who Palmer from Palmer building was and make your own pattern from the famous red bricks.
The MERL is a place to learn about English rural life – animals, farming and rural households. They often offer some thematic events, but it’s fun to visit anytime with their games, quizzes and fascinating displays.
The Cole Museum, located on campus, will walk you through the natural history and by the skeleton of the circus elephant. Finally, Medical Museum will show you some medical history of Reading, if that interests you.
After visiting just one of these you could finally tell your friends and family something they didn’t know about Reading.