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The Museum of English Rural Life autumn season: Folk

Clay pot with sun face, folk in white capitals over it

This autumn The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will be exploring its collections, and looking beyond, to discover what folk means and what folklore is. The collections will be re-examined to see if they represent folk customs and folk culture. In this programme of events the MERL explores, with the help of academics, contemporary artists, folklorists, and writers changing perceptions of folk and a whole range of aspects of folk culture.

The MERL has put together a fascinating and varied programme of events and activities to explore folk collecting, folk collections, and folklore. The series of events includes a Thursday lunchtime seminar series, public lecture and a late event when we’ll our doors until 10:00pm. You can find out more information about the events and how to book on the MERL website.

Running alongside the events will be a contemporary art exhibition and activities for families. Museum curator, Ollie Douglas, starts the season with a blog about why this is important.

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