Man Trap

This is a trap designed to catch people. Landowners sometimes resorted to man traps in order to catch people trespassing on their land. People trespassed for a variety of reasons; sometimes for poaching – the illegal killing of animals on private land – or sometimes simply for hunting and gathering food to feed their families. […]

Giant Teapot

This mammoth teapot was designed and made by Michael Cardew in 1945-6 at the Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire. The pot can hold 29.5 litres of tea, and is supported on an iron frame which allows it to be tipped and also manoeuvred thanks to small wheels at its base. It is not an anomaly, but […]

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    We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to The MERL galleries from Tuesday 18th May.

    Free admission. Please book a timed slot.

    The Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading

    Redlands Road


    RG1 5EX

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