51 Voices: Discovering Treasures

Explore the many collaborative creative projects and partnerships that have formed part of 51 Voices, our 70th anniversary celebrations.

The history of the servants’ ball

The servants’ ball has had a long tradition in the country house estates of Britain and only really died out after the Second World War.

The lives of sheep and cows

How do we tell new stories about cows, sheep, farmers and their lives led together? Read about a project that has been doing just that.

51 Voices: Work, work, work

This January, The MERL embarked on 51 Voices, a new year-long project celebrating the museum’s seventieth anniversary in 2021. Throughout the year, we will be working with a range of writers, artists and different communities to give contemporary voice to fifty-one objects and archives in The MERL collection connected in myriad ways to our founding […]

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