'Life on canals': a Takeover Day exhibition

On Friday 22nd November, the Museum of English Rural Life worked with the Institute of Education and took part in Kids in Museums’ Takeover Day. Throughout the day we welcomed Year 5 and 6 students from Geoffrey Field Junior School, Reading, and invited them to explore artefacts in the collections that relate to canal life […]

Pictures of the month #6 – Canal life

Photographic Assistant, Caroline Benson has resisted the temptation to select a festive image this month, instead sharing images she discovered whilst preparing materials for an education session last month… The photographs this month are from a collection depicting canals & canal life. The two I have chosen were amongst a selection used by Philippa Heath, […]

Weekly What's On: 9th to 15th December, '13

Christmas trail until Friday 20th December, normal museum opening times Free, drop-in Suitable for families with children of all ages Pick up a copy of our free Christmas trail at reception and learn about Victorian traditions on your way around the Museum Toddler time Friday 13th December, 10-11am, £2 per child, drop-in Suitable for families with […]

Our Country Lives project update: Activity planning

Isabel Hughes, MERL Curator, updates us on the work on the ‘Activity Plan’ for our Heritage Lottery Fund project Earlier in the year, the Cultural Consulting Network was appointed to help MERL produce an activity plan as part of the Round 2 submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Our Country Lives.  The first section of […]

Weekly What's On: 2nd to 8th December

MERL Annual Lecture: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP ‘in conversation’ with Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Thursday 5th December 7pm, Great Hall, London Road Campus Free. Tickets in advance or on the door (Doors open 6pm. Bar and MERL ‘pop-up’ shop available) Click here for details Toddler time Friday 6th December, 10-11am, £2 […]

Archive inspiration in the MERL shop

Visitor Services Assistant, Judith Moon, also manages the MERL shop. In this post, Judith reveals the story behind some beautiful new products inspired by our archive collections… The shop at MERL occupies a small but important part of the reception and introductory area of the museum and the past 8 years has seen the range […]

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