Museum of English Rural Life
University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
Working with rural people and local communities
Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading uses its diverse and surprising collection to explore how the skills and experiences of farmers and craftspeople, past and present, can help shape our lives now and into the future. The museum works alongside rural people, local communities and specialist researchers to create displays and activities that engage with important debates about the future of food and the ongoing relevance of the countryside to all our lives.
Verity Shillabeer was Curating for Change Trainee at MERL. Her work at the museum explored and celebrated the identity and culture of disability. During her Traineeship, Verity investigated objects that amplify disabled voices present in The MERL’s collections. The resulting exhibition seeks to showcase those collections and reveal the powerful and personal stories of disability.