Special events 2013
MERL Traditional Craft Fair
Thank you to everyone who came along to this year's event and helped make it a successful day for MERL and our stallholders. If you couldn't make it, ran out or cash or regret not making that special purchase, it's not too late! You can still find the contact details of the sellers and links to their websites on the MERL Traditional Craft Fair 2013 page.
MERL Annual Lecture
Thursday 5th December
- Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road campus
- Ticket required. How to book
This year’s annual lecture takes on a different format. Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be ‘in conversation’ with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell KCB.
For further information visit MERL Annual Lecture 2013
Victorian Christmas tour
Sunday 8th December
- £3 per child (includes refreshments for all the family)
- Booking required
Did you know that the historic part of the MERL building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1880 and was the home of Sir Alfred Palmer (Huntley & Palmers biscuits, Reading)?
It’s Christmas in 1882 and the Palmer family are spending their first Christmas at their new home, Easthorpe house, with their staff. You are invited to come along and meet Lord and Lady Palmer, their Butler Jerrome, House Keeper Mrs Gough and other members of the household staff. Visitors will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, play Victorian party games, enjoy seasonal refreshments and make their own Victorian Christmas card. Don’t forget to dress up in your Victorian costume!
You can view our Christmas trailer here:
Hilary James & friends: songs, stories & traditions
Folk concerts & workshops
The 2013 series has now finished. For details and news of future events, go to our Folk music series page.