‘CARE’FUL TOURS

Visitors in The MERL galleries

Led by Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, and featuring other colleagues and specialists, each of these tours will take visitors on a short conversational trip through The MERL, exploring different aspects of CARE in relation to our collections. Each tour will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the […]

‘CARE’FUL TOURS

Visitors in The MERL galleries

Led by Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, and featuring other colleagues and specialists, each of these tours will take visitors on a short conversational trip through The MERL, exploring different aspects of CARE in relation to our collections. Each tour will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the […]

MINDFUL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH COMPASS RECOVERY COLLEGE

photo of a smiling ceramic face taken through a viewfinder

Using a blend of simple photography and mindfulness, mindful photography offers a new way of seeing our surroundings that improves mental health, increases confidence and self-esteem. Join mindful photography practitioner, Nicolette Evans for a series of practical, fun workshops at The MERL and benefit from new ways of connecting to nature, ourselves and others. All […]

ANNUAL FOLAR SYMPOSIUM: LANDSCAPE OF HOUSING

Photograph of Lillington Street by Darbourne and Darke

FOLAR’s annual symposium deals with the landscape of housing, from the 1960s to today with: Karen Fitzsimon, New Ash Green  Professor Otto Saumarez Smith, on the Mark III new towns  Gerry Kemp on Byker Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne  Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr, Dr Amber Roberts & Dr Matthew Steele Lillington Street & Darbourne & Darke  Alice Grahame Walters […]

‘CARE’FUL TOURS

Visitors in The MERL galleries

Led by Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, and featuring other colleagues and specialists, each of these tours will take visitors on a short conversational trip through The MERL, exploring different aspects of CARE in relation to our collections. Each tour will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the […]

‘CARE’FUL TOURS

Visitors in The MERL galleries

Led by Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, and featuring other colleagues and specialists, each of these tours will take visitors on a short conversational trip through The MERL, exploring different aspects of CARE in relation to our collections. Each tour will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the […]

INTUITIVE QUILTING WORKSHOP

Details of a quilt made out from grey, blue, orange, yellow and white material

Join Jelly artist, Kate Powell for this masterclass in creating a quilt sampler from found fabrics or fabrics with personal meaning, breathing life into discarded fabrics and unused clothes.   Many cultures and countries have traditions in reusing and recycling scraps to create quilts and covers. In this workshop you will explore a variety of traditional […]

WORKSHOP: LAVENDER HEART KEEPSAKES

Craft materials and lavender lying on a table.

Is there a piece of fabric or item of clothing that holds special memories for you?   Bring it along to this workshop with artist, Fong Scott, and make a pair of lavender heart keepsakes to treasure those memories using dried lavender from the MERL garden.  Your fabric will need to be medium/light weight cotton, similar […]

THE ACQUISITIONS PANEL

A Huntley & Palmers biscuit tin adapted into a musical instrument
Reading, UK. The local museum is contacted by a woman who has found a musical instrument made out of a biscuit tin in a box of things that belonged to her great-grandfather. The biscuit tin is from the famous Huntley & Palmers factory in Reading - so perhaps the museum might want it? Her great-grandfather [...]

MUMS AND BABIES YOGA WITH SPORT IN MIND

A mum lies next to a baby on a mat as they take part in a Mums and Baby yoga session at The MERL

The Mums and Babies Yoga sessions at The MERL are run with our partners Sport in Mind, the UK’s leading mental health sports charity, based in Reading. The sessions are designed to support positive mental health through yoga and movement for mums and babies under 1 year.  They run every Thursday throughout the Autumn term, from […]

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