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Museum of English Rural Life Presents Farming for the New Britain : images of farmers in war and peace

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) presents Farming for the New Britain : images of farmers in war and peace, open now through December 2010.

The experience of the Second World War transformed the fortunes of British agriculture, reversing years of decline and ushering in a new era of prosperity and confidence. This exhibition presents images of farmers from the 1940s and 1950s, tracing changing ideas about the character of British agriculture and its place in the life of the nation.

Guest curator: Dr Clare Griffiths, University of Sheffield

Research for this exhibition was supported by a Higgs fellowship at MERL.

The Museum of English Rural Life houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside.

It is the sheer quality and scope of the Library, Archives and Object Collections that makes MERL exceptional. The collections have Designated status ensuring their importance is recognised nationally and internationally.

As a University Museum and as the founder member of the Rural Museums Network, MERL has built up a reputation as the leading authority in its field and as a centre of excellence in teaching and learning.

Museum of English Rural Life
University of Reading
Redlands Road
Phone+44 (0) 118 378 8660
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