Museum on Wheels is our hands-on outreach programme aiming to visit venues throughout Reading for a variety of festivals and community events.

We want to make people proud of the significant history of Reading by spreading the word about our exciting exhibitions, projects and collections, and opportunities to get involved.

Please use our enquiry form for more information.

A child in a red hat painting a tile
Painting tiles

Abbey on Wheels

This scheme grew out of our Abbey on Wheels project in 2018, which was part of our work on the conservation and interpretation of Reading Abbey.

Abbey on wheels popped up across Reading with changing activities such as:

  • Handle real museum objects from Reading Museum.
  • Wear our virtual-reality headset and be transported to the top of the conservation scaffold to get a unique perspective of our ongoing work.
  • Paint a tile inspired by some of the remaining tiles from Reading Abbey.

Are you holding a community event in 2022?

Do you know of an event or venue where we can spread the word about Reading Abbey, Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL)? This is a community project so we would love to hear your suggestions! Please drop us a line using our enquiry form to discuss your idea further.

Talks and Outreach Visits

We also offer talks, handling presentations and outreach visits during museum open hours, Monday - Saturday 10am-4pm.

We charge for these events to cover the cost of staff, resources and transport. 

Please use our enquiry form for more information.

We'd like to thank the Earley Charity who support our Museum on Wheels project.