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.

The reading room is home!

We are pleased to announce that our reading room will be reopening in its usual space from Tuesday 23rd November 2021.

51 Voices: Writing Voices

Read our latest roundup of 51 Voices, where we focus on the writing produced through partnership with poets, University students, and a local school.

A week at The MERL: our reflections on COP26

As COP26 unfolded in Glasgow, a range of activity was underway at The MERL, bringing together many different approaches to the issue of the changing climate and its impact on rural livelihoods and wellbeing.

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