TAI CHI WITH SPORT IN MIND

People taking part in a Tai Chi session in The MERL garden

Run with our partners Sport in Mind, the UK’s leading mental health sports charity, based in Reading. These casual drop-in sessions for adults are designed to support positive mental health through Tai Chi. They are fun and free and delivered at The Museum of English Rural Life every Wednesday at 3.30-4.30PM. This session is open […]

SOLARGRAPHY AND LUMEN PRINTING

Solargraph of a landscape
In this masterclass with Jelly artist, Laura De Moxom, you will be introduced to two alternative photographic processes that are a hybrid of analogue and digital methods. These techniques don’t require the use of a darkroom or chemistry – creating beautiful documentation of nature in a way that is accessible and more caring to our [...]

INGRID POLLARD: THERE-AND-THEN

Image © Ingrid Pollard
Image © Ingrid Pollard Explore work by Ingrid Pollard, inspired by poleheads from the MERL collections In this work Ingrid Pollard, Turner Prize nominee, extends the idea that notions of place emerge at meeting points. They result from co-operations, gatherings, and intersections. They are constantly being made and remade afresh, to provide new landscapes in [...]

TOUR OF EAST THORPE FOR HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Banners with the MERL logo in front of a Victorian brick building, East Thorpe

A rare opportunity to see inside the Victorian former home of Sir Alfred Palmer 2022 marks 200 years since Joseph Huntley opened his first baker’s shop at 72 London Street, Reading. This moment marked the beginning of an innovative business that would become world-famous, revolutionising biscuit-making across the globe and transforming Reading forever: Huntley & […]

TONIC TO THE NATION? A MERL LATE

Ladies sipping tea, part of the Cheshire wall hanging

Join us for a MERL Late! Book in advance via Eventbrite or buy on the door (subject to availability) £4 in advance (£3 students and concessions) / £5 (£3.75) on the door Please note this event is suitable for ages 18+ only To mark our 70th year, The MERL are working with people to explore and respond […]

WHITEKNIGHTS STUDIO TRAIL

Edges of ceramic bowls by Ursula Waechter

This year is the 22nd year of the Whiteknights Trail. The work of 38 artists will be displayed across 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 invited to stroll around, enjoy the art, and see the […]

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 [...]
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