Weekly what’s on: 22nd to 27th July

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


Guided tourGuided tour
Wednesdays, Saturdays & 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.



rural reads 4th birthday invitationRural Reads 4th Birthday Party
Thursday 24th July, 5.30-7.30pm
Free, RSVP merlevents@reading.ac.uk or call 0118 378 8660
Join us to celebrate 4 years of the Rural Reads book club. Find out about the books read over the years, including this month’s book, Patrick Leigh-Fermor’s ‘A Time of Gifts’.  We’ll also be revealing plans to expand the book club’s remit. Click here for more details.



Teddy Bear's Picnic 2010 041Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Friday 25th July, 12-2pm
Free, drop-in
Suitable for families with children of all ages
Bring your teddy, a picnic and come and have fun in our garden!




DennyReading University College: WW1 and beyond
Tuesday 1st April to 31 August, 2014
Staircase hall, MERL
Free, drop-in, normal museum opening times
Funded by Arts Council England as part of the Reading Connections project, and inspired by the University of Reading Memorial Book and Clock Tower memorial, this exhibition reveals the stories of the men and women with connections to the then Reading University College, who fell during the First World War. The exhibition also looks at the theme of War in a broader sense with interesting items from MERL and the Special Collections relating to other conflicts.
Part of our WW1 programme


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.


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