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Autumn 2014

Archives and texts seminarsArchives & Texts Seminar Series

'Archives & texts' is an interdisciplinary research seminar series co-organised by the Departments of English and Modern Languages & European Studies. This term the series focusses on the University's Special Collections.

Please note: At the seminars taking place at MERL there will be an accompanying pop-up exhibition with relevant items from the archives on display in the reading room before the seminar at 5pm.

  • Travels in a publisher’s archive: John Murray and nineteenth-century travel publishing
    Dr Innes M. Keighren (Geography, Royal Holloway)
    Monday 27 October
    Conference room, Museum of English Rural Life*

For details of this seminar, read the latest post on the 'Archives and Texts' blog 

  • Should French children’s books be permitted in an English nursery? The reception of Madame de Segur in England, 1859-c.1940s
    Dr Sophie Heywood (MLES, University of Reading)
    Monday 10 November
    HUMSS 124, Whitkeknights

  • Diasporic Literary Archives
    Dr David Sutton (Head of GLAM, Reading)
    Monday 24 November
    Conference room, Museum of English Rural Life


H and P christmas biscuitsHuntley & Palmers: a Christmas selection

25 November to 23 December

  • Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Staircase hall, Museum of English Rural Life*

This seasonal display shows off some of the visual delights in the University's extensive archive of local biscuit manufacturer, Huntely & Palmers.


Rural reads plusRural reads plus...

27 November

  • 5.30-7.30pm
  • Free, drop-in (£1.50 for tea and biscuits)
  • Staircase Hall, Museum of English Rural Life

As MERL is now closed until early 2016 to allow work on the Our Country Lives redevelopment project to take place, the popular Rural Reads book club is expanding its reach to draw on the University's vast Special Collections for reading inspiration, with the potential to read anything from Ian Flemming to Mills & Boon, chosen by you.

The book to read for the November meeting is The Beetle: A Mystery by Richard Marsh.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in an informal discussion in the atmospheric setting of the beautiful Victorian Staircase Hall.

Visit the 'Rural Reads plus' web page for full details



*Please note: the Museum of English Rural Life galleries and garden are closed to the public until early 2016. The Staircase hall and meeting rooms will be unaffected. Access will continue to be via the Museum's main entrance, unless otherwise indicated.

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