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International Sculptor Comes to Reading

Photo by Pavlo Kerestey, Courtesy of Reading International.

Steven Claydon has exhibited his sculptures everywhere, from the Tate Modern and Art Basel to a tiny shed in the Swiss Alps, but the latest venue for his work is a little closer to home: The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL). It seems like an unusual choice for the high profile, London-based sculptor, but it was suggested by Reading International, and Claydon explained: “With my work which deals with the nature of the thing, the alterity of the thing and the migration and transformation of things it seemed like the right place to be.”

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‘Ladybird in Focus: Women’ at MERL is Worth a Visit

Exhibition MERL - Photo Credit Elliot Kim

You may already be familiar with the immaculately kept gem that is the Museum of English Rural Life. Located on Redlands Road a stone’s throw from London Road Campus and the Hospital, it’s tiny and beautiful, boasting an idyllic chicken-populated garden, peaceful café space, and completely non-stop milking of their slightly insane, completely viral, ‘absolute unit’ meme.

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MERL receives £175,000 grant

The University owned Museum of English Rural Life has been awarded a grant of £175,000 from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Wolfson Foundation.

The museum hosts an extensive collection relating to the history of agriculture and farming in England.

With this new funding from the Wolfson Foundation and DCMS, the museum will now be able to make some of its hidden possessions available for viewing by the public.» >

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