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A rare opportunity to see inside the Victorian former home of Sir Alfred Palmer
September 12, 2022

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September 12, 2022
10.30am & 2.30pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Banners with the MERL logo in front of a Victorian brick building, East Thorpe

A rare opportunity to see inside the Victorian former home of Sir Alfred Palmer

2022 marks 200 years since Joseph Huntley opened his first baker’s shop at 72 London Street, Reading. This moment marked the beginning of an innovative business that would become world-famous, revolutionising biscuit-making across the globe and transforming Reading forever: Huntley & Palmers.

East Thorpe was Sir Alfred Palmer’s family home. Built by Alfred Waterhouse in 1882, the property now houses The Museum of English Rural Life and the University of Reading’s Special Collections, which includes the Huntley & Palmers company archive. Join us for this special one-off opportunity to see the house and view a pop-up presentation of archive material that is not usually on display.

You will also have the opportunity to visit our current exhibition ‘Biscuit Town: 200 years of Huntley & Palmers in Reading’ in the beautiful staircase hall and museum galleries.

Biscuit Town

The Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum are drawing on our Huntley & Palmers collections to offer a joint programme of events and activities celebrating 200 years of Reading’s biscuit heritage, as part of Museums Partnership Reading, and funded by Arts Council England.

Find out more about Biscuit Town and explore the Biscuit Town-themed Heritage Open Day events at Reading Museum.

Reading Biscuit Town.Museums Partnership Reading.