The internationally significant Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands road re-opens this week after a multi-million pound refit.
The museum was opened by actor Tim Bentinck (David Archer in the eponymous BBC Radio 4 series), who quipped that MERL was “a museum of everyday country folk.”
The museum, home to the Victorian mouse trap that came out of retirement to dispose of more rodents this year, includes interactive displays and videos as well as a large range of agricultural machinery, implements and artefacts exhibited together with explanatory narratives.
There is also a colourful section devoted to Ladybird books, of which MERL has a significant collection.
Admission is free.