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Whisky Created From Seeds With Help From Reading Museum

Whisky Created From Seeds With Help From Reading Museum

The archives of The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading have played an important role in unravelling the story behind a new whisky with its origins in a bag of rare old grains. Documents, research and correspondence from plant breeder and agricultural historian Dr Herbert Hunter have shed light on the story behind Heritage: […]

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Reading Museums Reopen 18th May 2021

Reading Museums Reopen 18th May 2021

TWO of Reading’s much-loved museums are set to reopen this month.   Museums Partnership Reading is delighted to announce the reopening of Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) on Tuesday 18 May.   Both Reading Council and the University of Reading have been working hard to reopen their respective museums […]

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Merl Gets Financial Boost

Merl Gets Financial Boost

The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) has been awarded £74,248 by the Government to continue its popular online engagement activities, reaffirming its contribution to Reading’s arts and culture scene. The MERL is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving a share of £257 million of investment, as part of […]

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The Museum of English Rural Life to reopen on 8th September

The Museum of English Rural Life to reopen on 8th September

After almost six months of closure, The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) will reopen its doors and welcome back visitors on Tuesday 8th September 2020.  Visitors will be able to return to The MERL galleries, the popular shop and café, beautiful urban garden, and reading room. A range of new measures have been introduced to ensure a safe and welcoming- environment for all. Just in time to celebrate Heritage Open Days, The […]

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MERL Starts 2020 With Award Win And Grant Funding

MERL Starts 2020 With Award Win And Grant Funding

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) has kicked off 2020 by being named as one of the top tourist attractions in the south and the recipient of a cultural grant. The MERL was awarded a Bronze Award in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category at Tourism South’s Beautiful South Awards last month. […]