Welcome to the 19th Congress of AIMA, hosted by the Museum of English Rural Life (2020)
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), established in 1951, is owned and managed by the University of Reading, England. MERL began as an effort by agricultural faculty to capture and record the rapidly changing countryside following World War II. Collections document the skills and experiences of farmers and craftspeople, past and present. Staff engaged in a major project of revisioning mission and revising exhibitions between 2014 and 2016. The museum re-opened in October 2016 with renewed commitment ot building bridges between the rural past and the urban present with an emphasis on the relevance of the countryside to diverse constituents today.