FOLAR SYMPOSIUM 2021

The 1951 Festival of Britain was a national celebration to mark Britian’s achievements and recovery following the Second World War, and was timed to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1851 Great Exhibition. In many ways this was also a coming of age for the British landscape architecture profession. On the 70th anniversary of the […]

WHOSE LANDSCAPES? OPEN SPACES SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM

Black and white lantern slide of people walking on a hill

This half-day online symposium will explore themes and sources from the Open Spaces Society collection at The MERL. The Open Spaces Society (OSS) is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society. Join us online for short talks, discussion, poetry, and artistic responses. There will be a ‘find the location’ […]

AIMA 2021 – PAST AND FUTURE AGRICULTURES

Involved in museums of farming life? Then this event is for you… This international congress brings together agricultural and rural museum and heritage professionals from around the world to explore and share their work. It is a rare opportunity for agricultural museum professionals and others interested in farming heritage to discuss engagement, research, collections practice, […]

GROWING HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Two women gardening side by side

Come and join other health, education & social care professionals to look at how nature-based interventions can be considered alongside other types of therapies for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities or mental health support needs. Free to attend, booking required. If you have any questions about the event please email rgfhwn@gmail.com Agenda 3pm – […]

NOW ONLINE: SEMINAR SERIES: DESIGNING LANDSCAPES FOR THE PEOPLE

Photo of Green Park for the FOLAR designing landscapes seminar series

DESIGNING LANDSCAPES FOR THE PEOPLE – from the Clapham omnibus to the Royal Parks This series of lunchtime talks will span the early 20c UK approach to city planning, civic design, parks and gardens, encompass the formation of the UK professional body of landscape architects, the evolving Royal Parks, the impact of corporate landscapes, and […]

FOLAR ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM: THE LANDSCAPE OF STATE FINANCED INDUSTRY

State owned industries have had an enormous impact on the UK’s landscape and on UK infrastructure, but the influence of these businesses and their landscape staff has often gone unnoticed and uncelebrated – and there is much to laud and many lessons to learn. Chair: Jane Findlay, President Elect, Landscape Institute Speakers: • Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr […]

JELLICOE, THE SUBCONSCIOUS, SERPENTS AND POSTMODERN LANDSCAPE

Hand drawing of a map of the hampstead heath water garden for the Jellicoe seminar at the MERL

Tom Turner writes that: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe used to say that he was educated as a classicist and then struck by the dynamic power of Modern Art. My view, with which he did not disagree, is that his approach was intrinsically Postmodern from the day he enrolled at the AA. His first serpent supports this […]

THE MERL SEMINAR SERIES: FARM ANIMALS

The MERL Seminars, Autumn 2019: Farm Animals For the majority of us, our image of farming would be incomplete without working animals or livestock. The role of farm animals as part of our future food systems, environmental lives, or global health often plays a part in the headlines. However, our ideas about those animals are […]

POULTRY MANIA PAST AND PRESENT

Black and white photo of women holding chickens

Thursday 28 November, 10am-5pm. BOOK NOW The Museum of English Rural Life Friday 29 November, 10am-5pm. BOOK NOW Harper Adams University, TF10 8NB £25 (includes refreshments and lunch). Booking essential (via Eventbrite links above). Deadline for booking is 20 November. The events will explore the revolutionary changes in poultry husbandry from the poultry mania of […]

Letterforms and Layout: Designing factual books for children

Researcher holding an ipad and looking closely at the wall of books in the Ladybird Gallery at the MERL

Letterforms and Layout: Designing factual books for children 17 May, 12-1pm Professor Sue Walker, Professor of Typography at the University of Reading. The middle decades of the twentieth century saw changes in the appearance of factual books for children—a move towards greater flexibility in the integration of text and image, and the use of visually […]

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    We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to The MERL galleries from Tuesday 18th May.

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    The Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading

    Redlands Road

    Reading

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