WHITEKNIGHTS STUDIO TRAIL

Painting of cows by artist, Katie Wilkins

The MERL is very pleased to host 3 artists as part of this year’s Whiteknights Studio Trail Joan McQuillan www.diveristy.textileart.com Stitched embroidered textiles. “Combining research, experimenting and using a wide variety of media I strive to push boundaries to create something unique with fabric and thread.” Kate Powell www.katepowell.org Upholstery, textile design. Kate Powell is […]

SECOND SUNDAY CRAFT DROP-IN

Paper plant pots, watering can and trowels

Drop in between 11am – 1pm each second Sunday of the month and enjoy a different activity based on various themes related to The MERL and its collections. 8 March – What can we Grow in Spring? Spring is around the corner! Explore our MERL garden and see what our gardeners are planting this year. […]

TERRIFIC TREES FAMILY EVENT

Looking up through the branches of a tree with the trunk in the center

JOIN US FOR A MORNING OF FUN TREE-THEMED GAMES AND CRAFT ACTIVITIES IN THE MERL GARDEN. SESSIONS ARE SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 3 – 11* AND WILL INCLUDE: Paint with natural paint brushes and have a go at leaf printing Twig frames; twig pencil holder; create your own twig art. (Ages 6 +)* Identify the […]

HALF TERM HOLIDAYS AT THE MERL

Five children/evacuees standing in a row, smiling in the sun

VISIT THE MUSEUM DURING THE HOLIDAYS FOR TRAILS, OBJECT HANDLING AND ACTIVITIES Visit the galleries during your holidays and discover the exciting displays and interactive games Try out our Rat and Rodent Trail Get your hands on real museum objects with our Object Handling volunteers Free Make and Take activities Have a go at making a brass rubbing […]

SUMMER ARTS AND HERITAGE HOLIDAY CLUB

'MERL' printed in red ink

Join Jelly artists at the Museum this Summer holiday and get your Discover Arts Award! A fun and creative holiday club that will use the exhibitions in the museum as a starting point to explore different artistic techniques and processes. All children who take part will earn a Discover Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification, and […]

SECOND SUNDAY CRAFT DROP-IN

Three pencil pots: cow, sheep, pig

Drop in between 11am – 1pm each second Sunday of the month and enjoy a different activity based on various themes related to The MERL and its collections. Why not bring a picnic or enjoy lunch in The MERL café too? 10 NOVEMBER – MAKE A FARM ANIMAL PENCIL POT This month’s craft drop-in is […]

SPRING CHICKENS

Row of 4 white chickens standing on a log against a blue background

Join us for a day of fun games, craft activities, live music… and chickens! Live music from The Newtowners Meet the MERL chickens and their friends Meet poultry keepers – Members of the Reading & District Bantam Society will be showcasing their birds Egg and Spoon races Egg Rolling – decorate and egg and roll it […]

NOW ONLINE: EASTER HOLIDAYS AT THE MERL

Selection of Easter themed makes and takes

Online Easter Programme We’ve moved our Easter holiday events programme online! If you were looking forward to visiting The MERL this Easter, look out for online activities that will be posted here and on social media throughout the holidays! 11am – Tuesday 7th & 14th April– Virtual & Reality Pull up a seat, climb on […]

NOW ONLINE: ‘BEE HAPPY’ FAMILY EVENT

Line drawings of bees from the Cowan bee collection exhibition

Join us online for a day of bee-themed activities   Get ideas inspired by the MERL collections for indoor and garden activities relating to bees! Join the Bee Happy Facebook event  share pictures of your crafts, and tell us about the bees you’ve seen recently!   The MERL – Bee Happy Welcome to Bee Happy with […]

HANDY DAN’S 3D PRINTING WORKSHOP

The MERL is collaborating with Handy Dan’s 3D Prints to produce a fun and exciting new workshop aimed at children between the ages of 7-13 years old. Children will be able to watch a 3D printer in action, listen to a talk about 3D printing processes with the opportunity to ask questions. After the talk, […]

  • Visit us

    Visit Us

    We are now fully open.

    Free admission.

    The Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading

    Redlands Road

    Reading

    RG1 5EX

    Plan your visit
  • Visit us

    Visit Us

    We are now fully open.

    Free admission.

    The Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading

    Redlands Road

    Reading

    RG1 5EX

    Plan your visit