MERL Gifts

Look at this absolute unit

Did you know the term ‘absolute unit’, now commonly used to describe any oversized and handsome animal, originated in a tweet from The MERL in 2018?

The simple caption ‘look at this absolute unit’ alongside a photograph of an Exmoor horn ram belonging to G.F. Thorne, a farmer from Simonsbath, Somerset shot both the ram and our small University museum in Reading, UK to fame across the twitterverse and beyond.

Visitors from near and far still make the pilgrimage to see the unassuming photograph that started it all, and now this iconic sheep is featured on a range of products. 

Dafnis Collection

Mugs and Coasters 


absolute unit mugs from The MERL Shop

T shirts


Ephemera materials are items that were never designed to survive beyond their original purpose.

Posters and prints


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