The Museum of English Rural Life Has an Animal Crossing-Themed Challenge For You

By Alistair Jones on at

A couple of years ago, the Museum of English Rural Life came screaming into social media relevance with a tweet about a very large sheep. The Reading-based museum has been cranking out the excellent social content for a while, but now, it's using Animal Crossing to help get the word out.

If you hadn't noticed, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has a very impressive editing tool, allowing players to design everything from posters to custom-made items of clothing. As the self-proclaimed "museum of the countryside," the MERL has an impressive collection of pastoral garments, and is now challenging players to design their very own rural smocks within Nintendo's new release.

To do so, you'll need to unlock the Custom Design Pro Editor for the low, low price of just 800 Nook Bucks, and use the 'long-sleeve dress' option. Once your smock is complete, you can share it with the 'AnimerlCrossing' hashtag.

There are already plenty of designs that wouldn't look out of place in even the most historically-accurate period drama, but I have a clear favourite. I might be a little biased, but one of my university pals has devoted his prime smock real-estate to worship of that aforementioned Very Large Sheep, and as such is definitely my favourite. All hail unit.