BOOK LAUNCH: THE DARWIN FARMS BY PETER WORSLEY

The MERL is proud to support this special free event to launch The Darwin Farms by Peter Worsley, a revealing glimpse into the lesser-known farming lives of eighteenth century polymath Erasmus Darwin and his notable grandson Charles. This account of the family’s Lincolnshire estates is based on letters, photographs, maps and accounts from the time […]

THE HOGARTH PRESS AT 100

Printing press type laid out to spell the call for Hogarth Press prints.

2017 marks the centenary of the founding of the Hogarth Press. This exhibition is a celebration of Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press as a key intervention in modernist and women’s writing, and marks its importance to independent publishing and bookselling. The exhibition features contemporary artwork responding to the centenary and original artwork, woodblocks, archival […]

EXTENDED HOURS NIGHT: MEET THE ARTIST

An image of a hen house.

Not enough hours in the day? We’re open late on the last Thursday of every month, so you can visit the reading room, museum galleries, shop and cafe until 9pm. During the summer months, why not bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful, sunny garden? You can pick up a sandwich, snack and hot or […]

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