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Stories of people and place gathered at a time of regeneration and change
March 16, 2020 - January 3, 2021

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Closed from 5th November until the end of lockdown

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March 16, 2020
January 3, 2021
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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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White bunting with The Lost Museum printed in black

Visit The MERL to view this curious cabinet – The Lost Museum – a playful exploration of life, work, rest, and fun in Dee Park, Reading.

The Lost Museum is the legacy of a project led by The Engine Room, an arts and mental health project that helps volunteers to become community leaders. The MERL was delighted to be a partner.

During the project they worked with over 500 people of all ages, creating art on the Estate, building cabinets of curiosity in the woods, making installations in underpasses, and sharing stories under the stars.

The Lost Museum will find a permanent home in the new Dee Park Community Centre. It will remind us of the things we inherit from earlier generations and help us to think about what we leave behind for those to come. Until then you can find it in The Nook, at The MERL.

Covid-19 Lockdown Information

Please note that in line with the latest government regulations, the Museum will be closed from 5pm on November 4th until the end of the lockdown period. We hope you will be able to come and visit this exhibition once we are able to reopen. Please keep an eye on our Coronavirus updates blog for further information.