Students, classes, and groups of all ages and abilities are welcomed at The MERL. Discover the history of the countryside and its relevance today through highly engaging sessions and activities. We support the teaching of many different school curriculums by offering bespoke sessions to suit your unique needs.

School sessions

We offer a wide range of bookable schools sessions and workshops, which we are able to deliver both in person or online. Each of these can be specifically tailored to accommodate the specific interests and needs of your group.

Discover rural history through activities like roleplay, object investigation, exploration of our galleries, and much 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

Looking to bring the history of the countryside to life in the classroom? We have many free online teaching resources that you can access and explore. These cover multiple age-groups and topics, from the future of the countryside to the experience of child evacuees in World War Two.