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Welcome to the FOLAR website

FOLAR is the acronym for 'friends of the landscape library and archive at the University of Reading'. We are friends of the most significant 20th Century landscape archive collection still held in the UK.

We became FOLAR after the Landscape Institute's library and archive were deposited at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in 2013. MERL is part of the University of Reading. For further details on MERL see

FOLAR's mission is to


support MERL maintain and grow the landscape collections in their care


promote the landscape collections deposited at MERL to a wider audience


encourage the landscape profession to value its own archival record


advise when requested about landscape architecture and its associated professions.