Museums care for artefacts dating back hundreds and thousands of years (and beyond), but our work is rooted in the present day. We conserve objects and archives to record the memories of the past—how people lived, the communities they formed, the environments they occupied, the animals and plants they were familiar with, the natural resources they exploited, and the tools and technologies that sustained them—and share this knowledge with our audiences. And from starry-eyed children taking part in our schools sessions to veteran researchers, people use our resources to enrich their daily lives in myriad creative ways.
Throughout the second half of 2022 and 2023, Our Green Stories is a campaign by Museums Partnership Reading (Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life) exploring stories of the natural world that surrounds us and sharing information about how we can all care for the planet to build a more sustainable future. We also hosted Luke Jerram's Gaia, featuring high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, at Reading Town Hall for Reading Climate Festival 2023.