Further Afield update blog – May 2024

Why not sign up to our newsletter? Use the form below to select the newsletters you would like to receive! Email Address First Name Last Name I would like to receive the following newsletter(s) MERLNews MERLFamilies SchoolTeachers

The Power to Tell It for Ourselves

Last summer, The MERL celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) with ‘Roots and Routes’, a special reading and talk by award-winning poet Jo Clement. In this guest blog, they tell us about their recent panel at the Museums Association Conference in Gateshead, a workshop with local school children and some exciting collaborative changes […]

Community Gardening: Sow What?

Sow What? has been a community programme at The MERL in partnership with 135 Launchpad Reading to explore how men’s mental health can be supported through gardening and working in groups to accomplish tasks

Glow Up! St Andrew’s Staircase Hall Redevelopment Project

For the first time in twenty years, St Andrew’s Hall has been presented anew. Visitors – including University staff, students and the general public – can now discover books, archives and artworks from the Museum of English Rural Life’s Library and Archive, Special Collections and University Art Collections.

Advising the Nation: the MAFF bulletins

As the project to catalogue The MERL’s collection of bulletins published by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is completed, Collections Librarian, Claudia Ricci explores the history and significance of the publications.

The MERL is going Further Afield

Collections Researcher Tim Jerrome introduces our newest project at The MERL, Further Afield, which trials new approaches to community driven museum outputs, working with groups who have been historically underrepresented in the countryside.

Blueprints steam ahead!

As we launch a new range of bespoke products inspired by the engineering drawings held in the MERL archives, discover what makes this one of our most consulted collections and find out how enthusiasts use the collections to help with restoration projects.