Biscuit recipe of the week: Threadneedle Street biscuits

In case you need biscuit-baking inspiration, we’ve been digging in our library and  archives for examples of biscuit recipes you might not have come across before. Our Librarian has managed to find several interesting recipes in the rare books collection, such as Lemon biscuits and Drop biscuits from  ‘The London Art of Cookery’ by John […]

Volunteers' Voice #12: A tale of rural protest in Berkshire

Written by Kaye Gough, Volunteer. Well, we did it!  After months of discussions and script conferences; research teams trawling through local archives; rehearsals, sourcing costumes and music, the MERL Players presented two performances of our tableau Performing Protest: Riots against technological change in the 19th Century to full houses at the Museum on Saturday 22nd […]

Weekly What's On: May 27th to June 1st

You can find full details of all our forthcoming events and activities in our What’s On and MERL Families guides, which are now available from the Museum or to download from our website You can also see all events on our online calendar Guided tour Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, 3-3.45pm Free, booking advisable Let our fully trained tour guides tell you the […]

Food Glorious Food at the MERL Village Fete!

Food Glorious Food at Uni Museum Fete Visitors to the Museum of English Rural Life Village Fete on Saturday 31st May should get ready to have their tastebuds tempted. The theme for this year’s family friendly Fete is food. On the menu are cookery demonstrations, food science experiments, food-inspired craft, stories, and trails, as well […]

Biscuit recipe of the week: Littlehampton Honey & Fig Biscuits

The second biscuit recipe of this week, by Alison Hilton, MERL Marketing Officer Sometimes I really love social media! We’d never have come across this week’s recipes had it not been for a #ThrowbackThursday image we posted last week on Twitter.  As it was #BritishSandwichWeek, the picture was of recipes for sandwich spreads from a […]

Name that beer!

Enter our competition to name a new beer for the MERL Village Fete! You may remember Adam’s recent post on brewing, in which he mentioned the beer tent at the MERL Village Fete, taking place on May 31st. We have had a beer tent at the Fete for a few years now, with a selection […]

Our Country Lives update: Michael Eavis's French wellies

Written by Adam Koszary, Project Officer. Yesterday we picked up our newest acquisition: a pair of wellies. It seems strange that a museum of English rural life wouldn’t have this icon of the countryside already in the collection, but they never really came onto our radar as an endangered object. The welly has never needed […]

Biscuit recipe of the week: 1940s jam biscuits

By Shira Kilgallon, UoR History Student and MERL Library Volunteer This week’s biscuit recipe comes from Ministry of Food pamphlets found in the MERL Library collections; two pamphlets have been used to give you a recipe with a twist (and a bit of a challenge!!). This particular twist is definitely for the more experimental among […]

Weekly What's On: May 19th to 25th

You can find full details of all our forthcoming events and activities in our What’s On and MERL Families guides, which are now available from the Museum or to download from our website You can also see all events on our online calendar MERL Seminar series: The Great War & the countryside Food security in the Great War: the contribution of wartime […]

Press release: What's cooking in the community? Find out at the MERL Village Fete

Food Science students at the University of Reading have been challenged to create new dishes from ingredients used by the diverse communities in Reading. The results will be revealed in the ‘Reading, Steady, Cook!’ demonstrations at the MERL Village Fete on May 31st. The Village Fete at the Museum of English Rural Life, which is […]

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