Reading Engaged

Cottage and catThe Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Reading Museum have been awarded £129,150 to work together on Reading Engaged, a new joint project aimed at strengthening engagement with local communities.

The Arts Council England award will allow Reading Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life to strengthen their partnership working, as both Museums have worked together on a previous Arts Council England project, Reading Connections.

The new joint project will aim to develop new types of displays with community groups and new ways of working with volunteers. The funding will also support audience research that will help both museums develop new programmes that are more responsive to the communities they serve.

MERL is developing an object handling collection, and related strategy, policy and procedures and the project will also contribute to the Our Country Lives project by allowing us to thoroughly research the themes and topics of the new galleries. Other joint activities will include working together on new merchandise for both Museum shops and on staff training.

Updates will be posted on the MERL blogs at Our Country Lives - the new MERL blog and The MERL Project Blog

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