#merlshopisopen : Christmas!

The Museum might be closed, but we’re not missing out on a bit of Christmas cheer in the MERL shop! Find out more about some exciting new ranges and future plans…

Christmas is upon us! But here in the MERL shop, we’ve been ready for Christmas since early November. Out came the decorations, the beautiful Christmas cards and our special Christmas knitted sheep, perfect for hanging on the tree. This year we’re trying to make shopping easier, with specially selected gifts that make the perfect present and items that are great stocking fillers. With our wrapping paper and gift tags, you can get all you need for Christmas right here!

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The famous MERL sheep in her Christmas jumper

As a museum shop, we pride ourselves on being different from the high street chains and sourcing local products whenever we can. Our gifts are not only themed to fit our museum and archives, but also quirky and original. Our Suzy T range is exclusive to MERL and we also have a selection of gifts based on the Huntley and Palmers archive.

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Even though the museum galleries are currently closed, the shop is still open, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. With the museum developing, our shop will develop too. We’ve got plans for a larger shop area and have been expanding our stock, finding some great new gifts. We now have an even wider range of cards with beautiful designs, great for every occasion.

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A tea towel in the Farmer’s Daughter range

Two new ranges we are selling are A Farmer’s Daughter, which has a lovely selection of kitchen items including place mats and tea towels, and Hanna products which use the beautiful images from the Country Fair magazines held at MERL.

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Sweet tin in the Hanna Country Fair range

We still have a large range of books, handmade pottery and locally produced chutneys, honey and fudge, so there is something for everyone.

With more space and stock, our shop will get even better whilst still maintaining the qualities that make us unique.

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