Ladybird Books Landscapes: What to look for in the What to Look For books

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

Ladybird Books Landscapes: What to look for in the What to Look For books 24 May, 12-1pm Dr Jeremy Burchardt, Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Reading Ladybird Books’ What to Look For seasonal natural history series remains iconic, not least due to Charles Tunnicliffe’s distinguished illustrations. As ever with Ladybird Books, […]

Nursery Vision: Reading the Ladybird Books Three Blind Mice

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

Nursery Vision: Reading the Ladybird Book Three Blind Mice 10 May, 12-1pm Dr Neil Cocks, Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Reading. At first sight, the colourful illustrations to The Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes might seem simplistic and overly literal depictions of the accompanying verse. Taking Three Blind Mice as its starting […]

Reanimating Ladybird Books: A pop-up display of Ladybird Books artwork

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

Reanimating Ladybird Books: A pop-up display of Ladybird Books artwork 26 April, 12-1pm Clare Plascow & Dr Naomi Lebens, University Art Collections and Dr Ollie Douglas, Curator of MERL Collections More a display than a talk, this session offers access to a selection of original artwork drawn from Ladybird Books. Here we invite you to […]

Does a special font help children with dyslexia to read more fluently?

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

Does a special font help children with dyslexia to read more fluently? Dr Holly Joseph Associate Professor of Language Education and Literacy Development at the Institute of Education, University of Reading 5th April, 12-1pm – Missed it? Watch on Youtube Ladybird Books featured special letterforms to aid comprehension and support learning. In recent years, a […]

WRITING THE RURAL

A black and white archive photo of sheep in a field being watched over by a shepherd leaning on a fence, for the seminar series

We welcome back our popular collaboration with the Department of English Literature for a third exciting series, Writing the Rural. This year’s talks are chaired jointly by Dr Paddy Bullard and by our current Research Fellow, writer Suzy Joinson. Their guests include the usual inspiring mix of writers and literary thinkers, as well as folk […]

BRITISH AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES: PAST, PRESENT & POST-BREXIT

British agricultural landscape

How can our much loved, multi-functional, protected and neglected agricultural landscapes – conflict ridden, economically challenging and bureaucraticised – be sustained for the future? FOLAR’s 2018 symposium focuses on British agricultural landscapes since 1945, and considers the post-Brexit future. A day of challenging talks with Q and A sessions from a stellar range of knowledgeable […]

SEMINAR SERIES: RURAL RIDERS AND RADICALS

Black and white image of a man riding a grey working horse in a field with haystack in the background

A series of lunchtime talks organised by the Department of English Literature and the Museum of English Rural Life, in celebration of their ongoing collaborations. Events in the series feature (alternately) writers with a national profile, and academic authors showcasing new and exciting research. 18 January – Alexandra Harris – The marsh and the visitor […]

SPECULATIVE OPTIMISM

A poster showing the details of the exhibition Speculative Optimism, with an archive corridor in the background.

Deirdre O’Mahony’s residency at the MERL began with the proposition, is carbon-neutral beef possible? Research at the University of Reading is currently testing the effect of different kinds of forage such as Sainfoin, on animal and soil health and on levels of methane produced by livestock. Deirdre spent the residency investigating historical references to forages […]

OBJECTS OF SURVIVAL

The MERL Autumn Speaker Series This series of lunchtime talks is part of Showing, Doing, Telling, a season of events exploring craft and making at The MERL. Specialists in craft and the arts examine different ways of responding to rural life, exploring how best to nurture old skills, contemporary creative responses and traditional practice. For […]

ENGLISH SCYTHES: BACK AT THE CUTTING EDGE?

The MERL Autumn Speaker Series This series of lunchtime talks is part of Showing, Doing, Telling, a season of events exploring craft and making at The MERL. Specialists in craft and the arts examine different ways of responding to rural life, exploring how best to nurture old skills, contemporary creative responses and traditional practice. For […]

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