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25th May, 2022

Cooking up at the past at Warwickshire libraries

COOKING yesteryear is on the menu at Warwickshire libraries.

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire, in collaboration with Warwickshire Libraries, has cooked up new exhibition Serving up our Past.

It looks at cooking, eating and serving food over time, and how where we live has had a direct influence on what we eat and how we prepare it.

From local pots that date back to the Roman age, to unusual Victorian kitchen gadgets, the exhibition showcases a variety of cooking, serving and eating items from the collections of Warwickshire Museum.

Through the items on display, visitors can get a glimpse into domestic life across Warwickshire – from the practical to the quirky.

There will also be transcripts of specially selected original recipes from Warwickshire’s County Record Office, some from as early as the 18th century.

Visitors inspired to try some of these recipes at home will find the QR code in the exhibition takes them straight through to the Our Warwickshire Heritage Cooking Challenge, to find many more unusual recipes from the past.

Sara Wear, curator of Human History at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire, said: “This exhibition is a great opportunity for us to display some fascinating objects from the collections through the theme of cooking and food, an ever-popular topic.”

Serving up our Past can be seen now at Rugby Library for two months and will also be on display at Leamington Library from January 12 until the end of February.

Both libraries will showcase different objects, all sourced from the extensive collections of Warwickshire Museum.

From March, the exhibition will then tour other libraries across Warwickshire, with the locations to be confirmed.

Visit heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/ for further information about Heritage and Culture Warwickshire and about upcoming events.

 

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