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Sounds of the Land

DEL-MERL Visiting Speaker Series, Spring 2017 A series of lunchtime talks organized by the Department of English Literature and the Museum of English Rural Life Steven Matthews ‘Sounds of the Land’ talk at The MERL Tuesday 28 February 2017 12-1pm, at The … Continue reading

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A Ladybird Talk at MERL

On Thursday February 23rd at 5:30 pm, Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein will be giving a talk on a Ladybird Book, British Birds and their Nests, for the MERL Book Club. The talk is free and there is no need to book: … Continue reading

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Melissa Harrison opens the MERL/DEL Visiting Speaker Series

Melissa Harrison is a novelist, photographer and nature writer based in south London. Her first novel, Clay (2013) established her as a leading voice among the new ‘urban naturalists’. Her second, At Hawthorn Time (2015), is a powerful and ambitious … Continue reading

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Call for papers

Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-1999 4 July 2017 Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, UK Current scholarship on twentieth-century periodicals is moving beyond the study of the ‘little’ magazine … Continue reading

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Special Collections exhibition opens

A new exhibition opened earlier this week at the Special Collections Service. It is called ‘Ex Libris: marks of ownership in rare books from the University of Reading Special Collections’, and explores the variety of different ways in which readers … Continue reading

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Books in unexpected places

  Saturday 21 November 2015 Museum of English Rural Life, London Road campus, University of Reading 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Join us to celebrate the University of Reading’s research in Heritage and Creativity, showcasing material from its renowned archives … Continue reading

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Beckett at Reading Postgraduate Group (BARP) conference

Will Davies writes: The first Beckett at Reading Postgraduate Group (BARP) conference took place on the 28th and 29th of October. Held at the Museum of English Rural Life and with a particular focus on providing a platform for PhD … Continue reading

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The BBC at MERL: delighting visitors with our Special Collections

On Wednesday 17th September 2014 the BBC broadcast stories from theArchives and Special Collections at MERL. The Celebrity Antiques Road Trip team visited the Evacuee archive and the Mills & Boon records, part of the British Printing and Publishing collection. Dr Martin … Continue reading

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An academic placement in our university archives

Lucy Nicholson, one of this year’s academic placement students, writes: During the spring term of this year, I became interested in completing an academic placement for one of my English modules: ‘Women’s writing and feminist theory’ and thus after more … Continue reading

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Untouchable England

Neil Cocks writes: This term The Museum of English Rural Life will be staging a series of lunch-time seminars entitled ‘Untouchable England’. Dedicated to folklore, craft skills, and magical traditions, these talks will address a wide range of subjects, including … Continue reading

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