The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) is a great place for a school or college visit! We welcome students and classes of all ages and abilities, and our expert learning team bring the countryside’s history to life in engaging and dynamic ways. We support the delivery of many different curriculums and help people develop new skills whilst learning about the history of rural England and its relevance today.


We offer a range of bookable schools sessions and workshops which we can deliver both in person or online as a virtual visit!

We are able to specifically tailor our sessions to accommodate the specific interests and needs of your group.

Our sessions feature activities including:

  • roleplay
  • object investigation
  • exploration of our galleries
  • and more.
The logo for the Sandford Award. It has white text stating 'Sandford Award Winner 2017' on a purple background.The Museum of English Rural Life is an excellent place for a school visit. The Education team are committed to making each school visit memorable and educationally valuable for children of all ages.

The Sandford Award

Downloadable resources

If you’re looking to bring the history of the countryside to life in the classroom, we have many online teaching resources that you can access and use free of charge. These cover multiple age-groups and topics: from the future of the countryside, to the experience of child evacuees in World War Two.