Weekly What’s On: 10th to 16th February

You can find full details of all our forthcoming events and activities in our What’s On and MERL Families guides, which are now available from the Museum or to download from our website You can also see all events on our online calendar


MERL Seminar series: Untouchable England
Ghosts and belief: religion and folklore
Dr Paul Cowdell, University of Hertfordshire/The Folklore Society
Tuesday 11th February, 1pm
Barely anywhere in England lacks a ghost story. This seminar, based on recent fieldwork, examines English folk eschatology, including its interaction with more institutionally expressed religious beliefs, and the apprent disjuncture between them.

For full details of the series, visit our website


Ricordate-croppedItaly at war: a selection from the archives
Tuesday 11th February to 30th March
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the delayed opening of this display
Staircase hall, MERL
Free, drop-in, normal museum opening times
Highlights from the University’s fascinating records relating to Italian history. 



Spectacular 2008 117Guided tour
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 3-3.45pm
Free, booking advisable
Let our fully trained tour guides tell you the stories behind the objects on display and visit the object store to see MERL’s hidden treasures.





magic carpetToddler time
Friday 14th February, 10-11am,
£2 per child, drop-in
Suitable for families with children aged 2-4
Come along to the Museum with your little ones and enjoy rhymes, songs and craft activities.  




greenhamCollecting the countryside: 20th century rural cultures
Until Autumn 2014
Temporary exhibition space
Free, drop in, normal museum opening times
Since 2008 the Museum of English Rural Life has been adding even more objects to its collection, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme, in order to represent each decade of the last century. (Find out more in Curator, Isabel Hughes’ recent post) This exhibition gives a taste of what has been acquired and challenges visitors to suggest the modern-day objects that the Museum needs to collect for the future. The exhibition will help the Museum to explore how to incorporate more recent histories and representations of the English countryside into its displays as part of the new Our Country Lives project.


jethro 8 cutout flipComing up next week – half term family fun!

Visit the MERL families page for details of family tours, craft workshops and activities during half term!



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