Celebrating 200 years of Biscuit Town

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

This year, Reading is re-discovering its biscuit heritage with a series of events and visitor opportunities focusing around summer 2022. Discover details of the town-wide programme on the Visit Reading website.

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

Below, explore the Biscuit Town 200 events taking place here at The MERL, in partnership with Reading Museum (as Museums Partnership Reading), the University of Reading’s Special CollectionsLiving Reading, and businesses and organisations across our town.

Watch Unsweetened: Ode to Biscuits

Join us this Thursday morning, 15 December 2022, at 11 am for the online premiere of Unsweetened: Ode to Biscuits. Produced by filmmakers Teresa Murjas and James Rattee, the film reflects on what life was like in the H&P factory at the outbreak of the First World War.

Past Biscuit Town 200 events

Museums Partnership Reading.