The MERL Fellowship Scheme is open to researchers wishing to make use of the Museum’s collection in their research.
It is designed to enhance understanding of our diverse holdings. Most awards are made in response to an annual application process.
Recent and ongoing Fellowships have been endowed to commemorate the late Gwyn E. Jones, who was based at the University of Reading and was connected to the work of the Museum.
Past The MERL Fellows
2016-17 Antonia Bruce – First Foods artist residency
2014-15 Karen Sayer – Rat control on British farms
2013-14 Chris Green – Historical dictionary of agricultural hand tools
2012-13 Rachel Worth – Rural working-class dress, 1850-1900
2011-12 Keith Grieves – Forestry and remembrance after the First World War
2011-12 Joseph Hodge – Agricultural extension and tropical agriculture
2010-11 John Martin – Extreme weather and agriculture from 1947 to 1976
2009-10 Hilary Crowe – Farm Management Survey, 1930s-70s
2008-09 Clare Griffiths – Images of farmers and farming in war and peace
2007-08 David Viner – Reassessing farm wagon collections
2006-07 Richard Tranter – Interwar agricultural depression and the Berkshire Downs
2005-06 Andrew Godley – Development of the supermarket chicken industry
2005-06 Richard Bonser – The changing shape of the chicken
2005-06 Nicola Verdon – Women in twentieth century agriculture