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Reading Climate Festival at The MERL, 10-21st June 2023

We are excited to be taking part in Reading Climate Festival this year, with a series of events and activities exploring our changing climate as part of Museum Partnership Reading’s Our Green Stories campaign.

The work of the artists joining us as part of the Whiteknights Studio Trail has sustainability and the natural environment at its heart, and we are very excited to be able to display the artwork from the Ladybird Books Ltd publication ‘Climate Change’,  written by King Charles, Tony Juniper and Emily Shuckburgh, and published in 2017. The display will form part of a trail exploring the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and throughout the week there will be opportunities to discuss the issues raised with our Our Green Stories Ambassadors, and take part in our consultation activity.

On June 13th, you can join us for a special tour of the galleries to explore histories, collections, archives, and stories that connect to the global challenge of climate breakdown.

Our youngest visitors won’t miss out either, with a specially themed Friday Fledglings session in the MERL garden on June 16th, and as well as events organised specifically for the Festival, you will also be able to explore existing displays and trails inspired by Our Green Stories, including Sew What?, looking at fast fashion, and the Our Green Stories gallery trail.

The Festival 2023

Reading Climate Festival offers live and online events to inspire and encourage positive action on climate change, ending on Show Your Stripes Day. This year the Festival is partnering with Reading Borough Council, REDA and the University of Reading to bring the famous art installation, Luke Jerram’s Gaia to Reading’s historic Concert Hall, featuring high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. You can book your ticket to see Gaia and related events here