Visiting MERL

Our Country Lives logoOur Country Lives redevelopment, from November 2014

Please note that the Museum galleries and garden are now closed until October 2016 for work on the Our Country Lives redevelopment project to take place.

The library and archives reading room and the gift shop will remain open as usual. For details of opening times, click here.

For further information, regular project updates, details of events, activities and opportunities to get involved, follow the MERL blog


The MERL collection: from plough to tractorThe Museum

The Museum's exhibition gallery is a light, open space teeming with objects and designed to draw out some comparisons between village-based society of a century ago and our globalised, high-tech and perhaps unsustainable world of today.

The presentation includes films, interactives and things to do and is suitable for all ages. The brass rubbing, 'find the rat' and dressing up opportunities, for example, need not only be for the younger visitors!

Guided tours are available mid-week and at weekends and include a look upstairs behind the scenes where a bewildering range of more objects can be found.

A programme of temporary exhibitions often linked to other events and activities, runs throughout the year and the adjacent museum garden can be explored via a specially-designed trail.


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