From COVID-19 to the climate crisis, from guarding green space to the future of farming, rural life today is affected by many complex forces. In response to these diverse and often frightening challenges, through our projects and programming at The MERL this year, we are focusing on the importance of taking care. 

As a museum our duties of care are varied. We care for our collections and the history of rural people and landscapes. We explore how best to care for the countryside in the present. And we celebrate ways of taking care of our natural world into the future. 

We are highlighting the importance of this custodianship through a focus on care. How we look after rural heritage, the past, present and future of the countryside, and each other.  

Explore the CARE programme

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