The Museum galleries and garden are now closed until early 2016 for work on Our Country Lives, an exciting Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project.
As part of the project, we will be setting up a new Family Forum. Visit the MERL families page for details of how you can get involved.
The events below will take place in parts of the building not affected by the closure, or off site.
Toddler time on the move!
Every 1st Friday of the month (9th January, 6th February)
- £2 per child
- Suitable for families with children aged 2-4
- The Pop Up in the Learning Hub, Building 24 on the London Road Campus, (Park, pay and meet at MERL. There will be MERL staff to accompany you to the new venue)
As the Museum is now closed until early 2016 to allow work on the Heritage Lottery funded Our Country Lives project to take place, our Toddler Time sessions have moved next door! MERL staff and volunteers will be joined by Institute of Education staff for singing, stories and craft.
Country Lives Wartime Christmas Party
Sunday 14th December
- £3 per child
- Suitable for families with children aged 5+**
- Booking essential
Experience what Christmas was like during the First World War. Meet a Land Army girl, a nurese, a farmer and other characters from the period and they will tell you what Christmas was like and how life had changed for them. There will be a children's activity and festive refresjhments, along with entertainment inspired by our Special Collections archives of the time.
There is no need to book for our drop-in events. Activities take between 10 and 30 minutes. Come along at any time during the session. Timed tickets may be issued at busy times as space is limited, and you may need to wait for the next available session. Once you have a ticket, you don't need to queue. There is plenty to see and do in the Museum while you wait, and a member of staff will call you when you session is starting. On very busy days, sessions may fill up completely and though we do our best to accommodate everyone, we can not guarantee a space.
MERL welcomes children of all ages but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Our fun events and activities are designed so that the whole family can enjoy interesting and informative new experiences together. In order for everyone to get the most out of the workshop activities, we ask that there are no more than two children (of the appropriate age for the activity) per adult in your group, and thank you for your cooperation in this.
Please see our Terms and conditions for bookable events