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Museum of English Rural Life: a visit

March 16, 2014

Its the first time I have returned to this university museum since it appointed its new Curator a year or so ago.  There have been changes, families with little people are now being welcomed by a play area with a toy chest and rugs for toddlers to amuse themselves.  A family friendly trail of the museum is available highlighting displays and objects that maybe of interest to children, while a toddler session runs every Friday.

On the day I visited, a saturday, children  outnumbered the adult visitors, giving the play area a good run for its money!  The permanent displays are still much the same, with the mix of agricultural tools, posters and static vehicles.  Its more interesting than it sounds, but perhaps not naturally popular with younger audiences.  So the popularity of the play area is a definite success.

MERL's Miller's Waggon

MERL’s Miller’s Waggon

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