OCTOBER HALF TERM AT THE MERL

Woman and child looking at a bug hotel in the MERL garden

Visit the Museum this October half term for trails, activity packs, our family event and more Try out our brand new Rats and Dairy trail Book tickets for The MERL Family event: Frugal Frivolities for families with children aged 3 – 11 on 29 October Discover our new Autumn Family Activity Pack for children aged […]

RATS AND DAIRY TRAIL

Two children looking into a display case in the MERL galleries

The Rats are Back! This October half term, try out our brand-new ‘Rats and Dairy’ trail. Rats like to eat cattle feed, milk, cheese and butter, so it was really important to keep them out of dairies! As you explore the galleries can you spot the rats and the objects they’ve decided to explore? The […]

AUTUMN FAMILY ACTIVITY PACKS

Conkers and string sitting on dark wooden apple box

A pack with Autumn-inspired things to do at the museum and back at home! Pick up your activity pack at the museum shop. £4 per pack. This pack includes: All you need for a conker war! Clay and instructions to make your own nature imprints Coloured twine wrapped shapes activity Colouring sheet Wordsearch A seasonal […]

THE MERL FAMILY EVENT: FRUGAL FRIVOLITIES

Child carrying a recycling bin

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: have fun and be inspired! The family events team at the museum have always set themselves the challenge to be as environmentally low-impact as possible. Come along and have fun discovering ways to turn something discarded into something cherished to take home with you through creative crafts, trails and fun play in […]

FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS

Families in The MERL garden

Join us for a weekly Outdoor learning session for pre-schoolers in the fantastic urban garden at the MERL Discover the benefits of outdoor learning! Come and join in outdoor activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum. Enjoy outdoor play and explore the natural environment. Each session involves story-telling, craft activities and singing. […]

SUMMER HOLIDAYS AT THE MERL

Children play with a watering can in the MERL garden in summer

VISIT THE MUSEUM DURING THE HOLIDAYS FOR TRAILS, ACTIVITIES AND MORE Try out our brand new Edible England gallery trail (print out your trail and accompanying booklet at home) Discover our new Summer Activity Pack for children aged 5+ (£5 per pack) Enjoy our Fledglings Activity Packs for under 5s (£2 per pack) Have a […]

EDIBLE ENGLAND GALLERY TRAIL

Two children looking into a display case in the MERL galleries

This new trail introduces 13 objects from our collections which illustrate the theme ‘Edible England’. An illustrated booklet provides more details about the selected objects and can be used alongside or independently of the ‘Edible England’ trail sheet for children. On this trail sheet, children can have fun spotting all 13 objects and the knitted […]

SUMMER ACTIVITY PACKS

This pack includes everything you need for a MERL-tastic summer! These packs are suitable for families with children aged 5+. £5 per pack. Inside the fabric bag, you will find a booklet which includes: spotter sheets for the galleries and outdoors recipes from our archive for you to have a go at colouring sheets wordsearch […]

FLEDGLINGS FAMILY ACTIVITY PACKS

Range of Friday Fledgling activity packs

Range of Little Mouse Explores activity packs (24 Aug – 5 Sept) Before we can begin Friday Fledglings sessions again, Charlotte and Fong, our Friday Fledglings session leaders, have been working hard to develop some new weekly-changing activity packs, which are available to purchase at our museum shop for £2. This summer Little Mouse has […]

FLEDGLINGS FAMILY ACTIVITY PACKS

Variety of activity packs with sticjers, crafts and suggested activities

Activity packs focussing on birds, colours and trees (22 – 27 June) Before Friday Fledglings sessions begin again, Charlotte and Fong, our Friday Fledglings session leaders, have developed new activity packs. There are a variety of packs to choose from and each contain a story featuring Little Mouse and activities to help you explore the […]

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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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