Hands on Rural Heritage

Our Hands on Rural Heritage projects are opportunities for groups in our local community to explore our collections and learn new skills.

Come Dine with Us

‘Come Dine with Us’ involved the women of Elizabeth Fry Approved Premises for Women in Reading, inspired by historic recipes in our archives.

We embarked on an incredible five-week programme and cooked a range of dishes, from Cornish pasties and macaroni cheese to caramel custard and toffee apples. The project created wonderful opportunities for team-working and learning new skills, and culminated with a three-course meal and cook book.

MERL in Photographs

During the museum’s closure, LLD/D Photography and Art students from Reading College (Activate Reading) used the museum spaces, collections and staff as inspiration for their photography. Throughout the five-month project students photographed the changing museum interior, its garden and took portraits of the museum staff, building their skills in a range of photographic techniques.

To learn more about our Hands on Rural Heritage Projects and to discover how your group might be able to get involved, please contact Phillippa Heath, our Audience Development Project Manager, at p.heath2@reading.ac.uk.