Work experience student, Amelie Roome, delves into the archives of the Women’s Institute to examine the Institute’s role in the historical and contemporary English countryside.
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Learn about the history of Suttons Seeds, a Reading company who revolutionised the UK seed-growing industry.
Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was a staple of the Victorian kitchen. We tried our hand at recreating several of her recipes.
Find out about our 2022 Huntley & Palmers exhibition in the Staircase Hall, commemorating 200 years of the Biscuit Town in Reading.
Few items are more symbolic of daily life during the Second World War than the ration book. Learn about their history on our blog.
Do we care for the people who care for our food? Learn about the Feeding the Nation project, exploring the lives of seasonal migrant workers.
Learn about our focus for 2022: highlighting how we take care of rural heritage, the countryside’s future, and each other.
The servants’ ball has had a long tradition in the country house estates of Britain and only really died out after the Second World War.
Exhibition catalogue, Black Eyes and Lemonade, 1951 This catalogue listed the contents of a quietly influential exhibition held as part of the Festival of Britain. An eclectic range of items were assembled by artist and author Barbara Jones, the creative force behind the show. The displays made a powerful statement about the importance and vitality […]