Biscuit Town: 200 Years of Huntley & Palmers in Reading
If you think of famous biscuit manufacturers, which companies spring to mind? McVities, perhaps? Jacob’s? These names didn’t always dominate the market of dunkable delicacies. In the 19th century and for much of the 20th, Huntley & Palmers were the biggest global name in biscuits. Not only were they based in Reading, they shaped the growth and culture of the town. We are lucky enough to hold the company’s business archive, within the University of Reading’s Special Collections. Through this display we hope to show just how wide the impact of ‘Biscuit Town’ was.
This exhibition is part of a joint programme of events and activities celebrating 200 years of biscuit heritage at The MERL and Reading Museum, as part of Museums Partnership Reading, and funded by Arts Council England.