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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

Friday Fledglings

  • June 30th 2017
  • 10 to 11.30am
  • £3 per child (includes drink and snack)

No need to book

Community Treasures Celebration

  • July 8th 2017
  • 10am to 3pm
  • Free (book in advance to avoid the queue or just turn up!)

Book in advance via Eventbrite or just turn up!