Regular events

Rural reads from the MERL libraryRural reads

Last Thursday of the month

  • 5.30-7.30pm (Next meeting September 25th)
  • £1.50 for tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Drop-in

Come along to the MERL book club, focussing on books with a rural theme in the atmospheric setting of the Museum or garden. 

Everyone is welcome so come and join the discussion! Don't worry if you haven't been before, or don't manage to read this month's book, come along anyway!

For further details, and to see which books we've read and what to read for the next meeting, visit the Rural Reads page.


toddler_time_2012Never too young: toddler time at MERL

Every Friday during September 2014*

  • 10am -11am
  • £2 per child
  • Drop-in
    Come along to the Museum with your little ones and enjoy rhymes, songs and craft activities based on objects in our collection or our garden.

*From October 2014, every 1st Friday of the month

  • 10-11am
  • £2 per child
  • Drop-in
  • 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)

When MERL closes to allow work on the Our Country Lives Heritage Lottery funded project to take place, our Toddler Time sessions will move next door and MERL staff and volunteers will be joined by Institute of Education staff for singing, stories and craft.

Find out more about more family events and activities.


Guided tour of our storesGuided tours

Every Saturday and Sunday, 3pm and every Wednesday, 2.30pm

  • Free
  • Booking advisable although not essential. It is worth calling ahead to check that there are no group bookings, as places are limited.

Our introductory film sets the scene for your visit to MERL, but if you want to know more, why not go on a free guided tour with one of our fully trained volunteers, who will let you into some of the collection's hidden secrets and tell you the fascinating stories behind some of the objects on display.

You can also choose to join the guide on a 'behind the scenes' visit to the object stores to see some hidden gems.

Guided tours or talks can be organised for groups at other times by prior arrangement. Please click here to find out more and let us know your requirements.


Family tourFamily Tours

  • Every school holiday, usually on Tuesdays (but visit our family events page for details)
  • 2.30pm
  • Drop-in
  • Free

Join our specially trained family tour guides taking on the roles of characters from England’s rural past and telling stories of life and work in the countryside. Different characters will give the tours each month, so come along and meet them all!




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