WHITEKNIGHTS STUDIO TRAIL

Edges of ceramic bowls by Ursula Waechter

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 June – all venues open 11am – 6pm This, the 22nd year of the Trail will show the work of 38 artists in 24 venues around the Whiteknights campus area. The MERL is delighted to be hosting two artists this year – Machi de Waard and Ursula Waechter. Visitors are […]

BISCUIT TOWN 200: BISCUIT CRUMB TRAIL

map extract from biscuit crumb trail

Explore Huntley & Palmers heritage on a self-led walk between The MERL & Reading Museum Pick up a free leaflet at The MERL or Reading Museum and discover significant places from Huntley & Palmers’ history in the area between The MERL and Reading Museum. See the location of Joseph Huntley’s first baker’s shop and the […]

BISCUIT TOWN: PAINT YOUR OWN BISCUITS

Painted biscuits for workshop

It’s National Biscuit Day on the 29th May! To celebrate in style, join design historian and artist Dr Ella Hawkins for a hands-on introduction to biscuit art. Discover Ella’s incredible designs on her website. Learn how to paint colourful designs onto iced biscuits, inspired by our Huntley & Palmers collections, and take your edible art […]

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – IMAGINING DESIRABLE LANDSCAPE FUTURES

A SERIES OF LUNCHTIME TALKS EXPLORING WHO IS REALLY CARING FOR OUR LOCAL LANDSCAPE This year at The MERL we are focussing on a theme of ‘CARE.’ Through our projects and programming, we will address ideas of ‘care’ in relation to a range of current issues, including the climate crisis, guarding green space, the future […]

FOLAR ‘WHO CARES?’ SEMINARS – THE SOCIAL VALUE OF LAND

A SERIES OF LUNCHTIME TALKS EXPLORING WHO IS REALLY CARING FOR OUR LOCAL LANDSCAPE This year at The MERL we are focussing on a theme of ‘CARE.’ Through our projects and programming, we will address ideas of ‘care’ in relation to a range of current issues, including the climate crisis, guarding green space, the future […]

CREATIVITY AFTER DIAGNOSIS: A MODEL FARM IN THE MUSEUM’S HERB GARDEN

Sheep and scarecrow in the model farm in the herb garden

This year at The MERL we are focussing on a theme of ‘CARE.’ Through our projects and programming, we will address ideas of ‘care’ in relation to a range of current issues, including the climate crisis, guarding green space, the future of farming and food security, caring for our collections and caring for people including […]

THE ARCADE IN THE ARCADIA: THOMAS BEWICK, CHILDREN’S BOOKS & RURAL READERS

Thomas Bewick vignette at the end of the introduction to “The Predatory Gulls” section in A History of British Birds, Vol. II, Water Birds

Join Professor Kristin Bluemel, Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Newcastle University, as she explores the work of eighteenth-century artist, writer, and naturalist Thomas Bewick. This talk organised by Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing (CBCP) will explore the ways in which Bewick’s illustrations and the appeal of his work to children were fundamental in establishing nineteenth-century […]

UNSWEETENED: ODE TO BISCUITS FILM SCREENING

A still from Unsweetened: Ode to Biscuits

Join Museums Partnership Reading for this special screening, including a Q&A with the film makers and a chance to see archive and collection material. About this event In 1822, one of the most famous names in baking, Huntley & Palmers biscuits, began life as a small baker’s shop in London Street, Reading. Within 40 years, […]

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  • 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