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FOLK: A MERL LATE

for the Being Human Festival
November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Date:
November 20
Time:
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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JOIN US FOR A FUN EVENING OF DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC, ACTIVITIES AND TALKS ON THE THEME OF FOLK

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

LIVE MUSIC – COCKTAILS BY MILK READING – SILENT DISCO (with tracks chosen by artist and musician Steve Claydon)

Explore a world of folk at The MERL. From folktales and wolflore to adultery and rough music. From outsider arts to folk medicine. From religious pilgrimage to art intervention. Join us for an evening of popular superstitions, survivals, people, and social practice.

  • Discover origins and endings of folk culture through archives and objects from our collections
  • Explore the galleries on a student-led tour of artist Steve Claydon’s largescale intervention
  • Hear composer and musician Jeff Morton in a live performance of compositions and improvisations
  • Dress up like a rustic in our rural selfie booth
  • Watch a 1960s film of everyone’s favourite ‘Everyday Story of Country Folk’, The Archers
  • Listen to poet Obby Robinson read from his work on themes of folklore, witchcraft and superstition
  • Join historian Hannah Newton for sickly smells and putrid potions and find out what happened if you fell sick 400 years ago
  • Go on a wolf hunt with Jessica Monteith-Chachuat to find out about werewolves and hunting lore
  • Prepare for a religious journey by making a pilgrim badge with Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers
  • Find gallery objects on a folk-themed trail for a chance to win a £10 MERL shop voucher
  • Examine folk artefacts with our Object Handling volunteers
  • Explore the galleries through pop-up tours on rough music, outsider folk, folk art, and much, much more

In partnership with Reading International and supported by the Being Human Festival of the Humanities and the Heritage & Creativity Institute for Collections.