Folk – A MERL Late
November 20, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Explore the world of folk at this evening of live music, drinks, activities and talks at The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading. From folktales and wolf lore to adultery and rough music. From outsider arts to folk medicine. From religious pilgrimage to art intervention.
• Discover origins and endings of folk culture through archives and objects from the MERL collections;
• Explore the galleries on a student-led tour of artist Steve Claydon’s largescale intervention;
• Hear composer and musician Jeff Morton in a live performance of compositions and improvisation;
• Watch a 1960s film of everyone’s favourite ‘Everyday Story of Country Folk’, The Archers;
• Listen to poet Obby Robinson read from his work on themes of folklore, witchcraft and superstition;
• Join historian Hannah Newton for sickly smells and putrid potions and find out what happened if you fell sick 400 years ago;
• Go on a wolf hunt with Jessica Monteith-Chachuat to find out about werewolves and hunting lore;
• Prepare for a religious journey by making a pilgrim badge with Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers;
• Examine folk artefacts with our Object Handling volunteers, and explore the galleries through pop-up tours on rough music, outsider folk, folk art, and much, much more!
In partnership withThe Museum of English Rural Life
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