Food history event staged at museum

City Museum in Lancaster.
City Museum in Lancaster.

In this week’s local food column, Lancaster City Museum writes about its current local food themed exhibition: Lancashire Grown.

If you check out the exhibition, keep an eye out for Growing Our Local Food Economy’s local food resources and information.

Anna Clayton.

Anna Clayton.

“Until October 4, Lancashire Grown will be the main exhibition at Lancaster City Museum.

“The exhibition explores the rich agricultural history of Lancashire, with examples of farming and dairy equipment on display, in addition to items relating to the Great House Experimental Farm project that took place near to Helmshore.

“We have some thoughtful watercolours by local artist Ian Gardner, and are also ‘growing’ our own knitted vegetables throughout the summer in our allotment.

“You can also reminisce over the glass milk bottles.

“Lancashire has some of the best soil in the world, so come along and learn more about what is grown here and why.

“Lancashire Grown is about finding out just how good the county’s farming is, so you are invited to dig up its agricultural past and uncover its flourishing present.

“Enjoy ploughing through the exhibition and discover the variety of farming and land use in Lancashire.

“What is an allotment and how do you get one?

“What are the benefits of having guerrillas in your garden?

“On top of the exhibition, we have also planned lots of local food themed events and are gathering lots of 
leaflets and posters from local growing groups, such as Claver Hill Community Farm.

“Small Village: Big Story is another exciting project led by Green Close. It aims to research the forgotten 
histories of rural villages in the Lune Valley – creating a new archive and online resource for members of the public.

“It intends to work with Lancaster City Museum, Lancashire Archives, and the North West Centre for Regional Studies and expert historians of rural history to make this possible.

“If you are interested in this project, please sign up in the gallery.

“Many of our events are aimed at families and are taking place on Thursdays throughout the school holidays.

“You can pick up a leaflet or visit the museum’s website for more details.”

The museum is free to enter and is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Lancaster City Museum is operated by Lancashire County Council on behalf of Lancaster City Council.