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TAA Visit to Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL)

November 14th, 2018

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Date(s) - 14/11/2018
12:30 am - 4:00 pm


The TAA London and South East Branch has arranged a private, TAA-dedicated visit to the Museum of English Rural Life. The visit will take place in the afternoon prior to the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture beginning with lunch at The Dairy café next door. The MERL is part of the University and works with Reading Museum as part of the Museums Partnership Reading, which is funded by the Arts Council England. The Museum is dedicated to recording the changing face of farming and the countryside in England. It uses its diverse collections to explore how the skills and experiences of rural people have helped shape our lives. It houses not only artefacts but designated collections of national importance that span a very wide range of objects, archives, photographs, film and books. It also houses a library and a reading room.

Isabel Hughes, Associate Director, Dr Ollie Douglas, Curator of MERL Collections and Caroline Gould, Principal Archivist will host the TAA visitors. The visit will consist not only of viewing artefacts and displays, but the team will explore links with overseas and tropical agriculture, explain how the archive works, and show material connected to the late Professor Hugh Bunting. Itinerary 12.30 Lunch at the Old Dairy Café (former University dairy, adjacent to Museum); 13.30 Introduction to The MERL – Ollie Douglas; 13.45 Visit to the library and archives – Caroline Gould; 14.15 Museum tour; 15.30 Tea and discussion; 16.00 Depart for the Agriculture Building (see University map)

Directions: See the Museum’s website for details.  There is some limited parking immediately adjacent to the Museum. For those coming by train and bus: Take number 21 bus (maroon), which is every 15 minutes from the station and ask to be dropped at the bottom of Kendrick Road. Walk up towards Abbey School. Just as you reach the school campus take the narrow alley on your left. Walk its full length and on your right is MERL. The café is on your left.

Please contact Terry Wiles if you wish to attend.

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