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Lunchtime seminar series open to all
September 25 - November 13

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September 25
November 13
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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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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Land and folk have often been portrayed romantically. They routinely play a part in stories of nationhood and identity.

Our understandings of them are deeply rooted in the past yet still brought regularly to the fore in contemporary explorations of the countryside. This series of talks and discussions offers different perspectives on our complex relationships with people and place. Some events will be accompanied by opportunities to engage with collections from the MERL.

Tuesday 25 September

Folklore and the MERL: All Folk and No Lore?

Dr Ollie Douglas, Curator of The MERL Collections

Tuesday 2 October

Cobbett in Conversation: From Rural Rides to Nature Writing

Nicola Chester, writer, and Robert McDowall, former President of the Folklore Society

Tuesday 9 October

Laughter comes when we get caught off guard: The Country Show photographic project

Arnhel de Serra in conversation with Bee Farrell

Tuesday 16 October

Wheat and Rush, Weave and Ritual

Catherine Morland, artist and children’s workshop leader, and Amanda Couch, artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at UCA Farnham

Tuesday 30 October

In the Churchway Paths to Glide: Corpse Roads and Their Folklore

Dr Stuart Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Deputy Head of Department at King’s College London

Tuesday 13 November

The Lake District: Wordsworth’s Legacy

Adam Lines, Wordsworth expert and Reading Room Supervisor at The MERL

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Where possible we hope to live stream the seminars via Facebook. Like our Facebook page and join us there if you are unable to be with us in person. You can already find the video of Ollie Douglas’s talk on our timeline. For now, this will just be on Facebook, but we will, in time, post the recordings here.