Learn about the history of Suttons Seeds, a Reading company who revolutionised the UK seed-growing industry.
The Barnett project explores the history of the sewing machine and engages in issues relevant to the textile industry in the modern day.
This blog explores the history of why we eat turkey at Christmas and the story behind its growth in popularity over the last 500 years.
Explore and follow three heritage recipes for baking historical biscuits, including an original recipe by Huntley & Palmers.
Find out about our 2022 Huntley & Palmers exhibition in the Staircase Hall, commemorating 200 years of the Biscuit Town in Reading.
Few items are more symbolic of daily life during the Second World War than the ration book. Learn about their history on our blog.
Learn about how the Building Connections project has enabled us to explore and share underrepresented stories from England’s rural history.
Read about the modern history of English pottery, and the many different kinds of pottery and ceramics within The MERL collection.
Between 31 August and 24 September 2021, the reading room will be moving to the Conference Room to make way for essential maintenance work. The Conference Room is located above the current reading room and can be accessed via the staircase or lift from the locker room. Closure days During this period, however, we will […]
Throughout June, The MERL is celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. Running since 2008, this month celebrates ‘the remarkable and immense contributions Gypsy, Roma and Traveller individuals and communities bring to wider society’. Its aim is to help tackle prejudice, challenge myths and amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. To some readers, it […]