The Museum of English Rural Life houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside.
It is the sheer quality and scope of the Library, Archives and Object Collections that makes MERL exceptional. The collections have Designated status ensuring their importance is recognised nationally and internationally.
As a University Museum and as the founder member of the Rural Museums Network, MERL has built up a reputation as the leading authority in its field and as a centre of excellence in teaching and learning.
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) galleries are closed from 1st Nov 2014 to early 2016 for work on ‘Our Country Lives’ a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project. There will be new volunteering opportunities as part of this project, during the closure period and once the new Museum is open. For further information contact Rob Davies firstname.lastname@example.org or look out for regular blog posts