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Our Green Stories Gallery Tours – February

February 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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February 20
11:30 am - 12:30 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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Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, will be joined by a different specialist for each of these tours. Together they will take visitors on a short conversational trip through the galleries, exploring our collections, and sharing Green Stories about environment, climate action, social justice, and the life and future of the planet. 

Each tour will last about 45 minutes and will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the scenes. At the end of the session there’ll be a chance to ask questions and to chat with Ollie and his guest. 

This month, Ollie will be joined by Associate Professor of Language and Migration Dr Tony Capstick. Tony has been working with The MERL and with Dr Alex Arnall to explore how ‘linguistic landscapes’ (the study of how texts are displayed, read, and understood in a particular space) might help interpret collections and engage audiences in environmental ideas. With his help, we hope to support our visitors in thinking about ‘more-than-human’ ways of understanding the world. By joining this tour, you will be helping Tony and Alex to shape their research as it develops.

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These events are convened as part of the Our Green Stories environmental campaign by Museums Partnership Reading.