Learn about MERLy Christmas, our annual Christmas shopping event. Featuring crafts, treats, and carol singing!
For Takeover Day 2022, a student from Addington School talks about their internship here at The MERL.
Each year, we end December with a Magical Lights event. Read about our postponed 2021 Magical Lights, reimagined for the Lunar New Year.
Read about the next steps for The MERL’s 70th-anniversary celebrations, 51 Voices, as they continues into our 71st year.
Find out how mentored volunteering at The MERL and Reading Museum helps more people access the benefits of volunteering.
Hear from Charlotte Allchin, who plans and delivers Friday Fledglings: our weekly outdoor learning sessions for under 5s.
The MERL – so much more than simply galleries for people to visit…. The MERL prides itself in being part of the local Reading community beyond the walls of the museum. Recently we have had the opportunity to partner with Age UK Berkshire to take our collections to a whole new audience and we jumped […]
Written by Dr Jeremy Burchardt, Department of History, University of Reading Place-name (toponym) research has a long and distinguished tradition in English historical scholarship, associated with the work of luminaries such as Margaret Gelling, Harry Thorpe and the English Place Name Society. Admittedly, there is an even longer tradition of bogus place-name derivations–just the other […]
At The MERL, we are delighted to work on creative projects and displays in collaboration with a number of community partners from Reading and further afield. If you visit the Museum at the moment, you will find one such display in The Nook: a community case entitled The Lost Museum, created by the community of […]
In this post, our curator, Dr Ollie Douglas, explores his own rural upbringing and introduces new research by colleagues at the University of Reading interested in childhood, outdoor access, the countryside, and the current pandemic. He invites us to contribute towards a survey linked to how children have responded to coronavirus by incorporating health-related narratives […]