Everything including the kitchen sink: the Trade Catalogue Collection

In his account of the history of the Manchester School of Art, A Hundred Years and More, David Jeremiah refers to the formation of a library which “was to become one of the country’s finest art and design libraries” and goes on to note its collection of trade catalogues for which it “has gained a national reputation”. Continue reading

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The Origin of Simnel Cakes

We recently came across this charming little pamphlet about the origin of Simnel Cakes in our Home Studies Collection. The pamphlet was produced by Manchester based confectioners Thomas Parker and Sons Ltd, who were established in 1832. They had shops on St Mary’s Gate and St Ann’s Square and were Confectioners by Appointment to the late King Edward VII.
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Further Back in Time for Dinner…with the Home Studies Collection

BBC Two is currently airing another series of Back in Time for Dinner, which transports a modern day family to another era, on this occasion to the period spanning 1900 – 1949. The success of such television series, which recreate the day to day lives of people from earlier times, points to an enduring curiosity surrounding the history of domestic life, and an ongoing interest in the food people ate.

We have witnessed a similar level of interest from people who have used our Home Studies Collection, which appeals to everyone from the amateur cook to the social historian. It holds more than 700 books from the last 300 years covering everything from food production, preservation and technology, to home economics, family living and domestic and regional cookery. It includes works by Alexis Soyer, Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin, Elizabeth Raffald, Eliza Acton and Mrs Beeton. Here are a few highlights from the collection…

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