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Wellbeing and the Countryside

City dwellers past and present have often had romanticized notions of rural life and narratives of the countryside having health benefits over the "dirty city" are not uncommon. The digital exhibit Wellbeing and the Countryside, presented by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading, addresses this idea. Using objects and photographs from MERL's archival collections, as well as contemporary photos and other media, this exhibition aims to paint a more complete picture of the health aspects of British rural life both historically and in the present day. Examples include a 1910 postcard depicting a poultry farm used for therapeutic activity by a "hospital [that] provided treatment to children with limb and joint problems resulting from tuberculosis," and a contemporary photo of Farming Community Network volunteers who "provide free health checks to farmers at local livestock markets." Visitors can navigate through the exhibit via the yellow arrows on the sides of the exhibition images or the yellow menu bar at the bottom. Each exhibition piece includes links to further information. Wellbeing and the Countryside was co-developed by MERL volunteers and several community organizations, and it was supported with funding from the Wellcome Trust.
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November 16th, 2018
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November 14th, 2018 at 10:52am
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November 14th, 2018 at 2:30pm
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