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The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road



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MERL Late: Milking it!

A MERL Late event for British Science Week March 16th 2017 | 7-10pm

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Date March 16th 2017
Time 7-10pm
Cost £4 (�3 concs)


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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Join us for a lively evening of drinks, food, music, activities and presentations, inspired by the MERL dairying collections.

The evening will include:

  • live music from Amber & the Professors Quartet, playing a selection of jazz, swing, originals and pop with a vintage twist!
  • pop-up cocktail bar by Milk Bar Reading (cash only!)
  • 'Cheesy' silent disco
  • cheese tasting
  • butter making (8.30-9.30pm)
  • the MERL Sensory Cow (record your own moo!)
  • Daisy, the milking cow
  • 'Make a Milk carton' craft activity based on the University's RESET Milk project
  • dairy colouring sheets
  • milk marbling activity (7-8pm)
  • The MERL 'Milking it!' Quiz
  • archive films about dairying
  • object handling
  • screenings of ‘Flurry’, a new online commission by artist and researcher, Melanie Jackson
  • a Q&A with Melanie Jackson and Adam Stead, MA Student (8-8.30pm)

What's on

The Hogarth Press at 100

  • From June 12th 2017 To August 31st 2017
  • Usual museum opening times
  • Free

Summer holidays at The MERL

  • From July 22nd 2017 To September 3rd 2017
  • Usual museum opening times (Closed Mondays)
  • Free admission

Miller's Ark at The MERL

  • August 17th 2017
  • 12 to 4pm
  • �3 per participating child. Under 2s and adults free

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