Family events

Our Country Lives logoThe Museum galleries and garden are now closed until 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.

If you have any questions, please visit the FAQs page on the MERL blog, call us on 0118 378 8660 or email


MERL Families Jethro rat logoToddler time on the move!

    Every 1st Friday of the month (no session in April, next session 1st May)

  • 10-11am
  • £2 per child
  • Drop-in
  • 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 2016 to allow work on the 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.


MERL under wrapsBehind the scenes family tour

Thursday 9th April

  • 10.30-12pm
  • £2 per child
  • Suitable for families with children aged 5+
  • Refreshments included
  • Booking essential (Max 20 places)

Join us for an exciting chance to see the museum and garden in the process of redvelopment. You'll have special access to areas now 'out of bounds' to the public and find out what has happened to all the objects since the galleries closed in October. You'll also see how work is progressing on our new extensions. The tour will be followed by an activity relating to our new galleries. Don't miss this opportunity to see MERL as you'll never see it again!

Read our blog to find out what happened at the behind the scenes event at half term

Family forum photographer







Important note:

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


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