The Cotswolds is an area in South-West England. I‘ve never been there, but when searching on the internet I found this to be a marvellous, hilly, evergreen region with castles and cottages. That’s why it has been declared as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a British distinction for one of the most beautiful areas in the world.
Cirencester is a Cotswold town, just 2 hours away from London by car. Here lies The Museum of Kitchenalia.
What is this?
An independent private collection, which is not open to the public – a treasure trove of many eras containing everything from forks to butter churns. The collection provides a romantic and nostalgic insight into Britain’s culinary past.
So, fill your Royal Albert cups with an organic Earl Grey, relax on your sofa and surf the museum’ s official page https://museumofkitchenalia.com, where you can find more information and images. You will be able to explore cups, mugs, plates, ladles, balances, serving dishes and many other things, made of precious old materials. A visit will guarantee a break from the gloom of contemporary society.
The owner and soul of the museum is Emma Kay, a former museum professional who has worked in institutions including and the British Museum and The University of Bath. She is also a very likable person. Hi Emma!!
Emma is a food historian and culinary writer.
She is well-known in her field in Britain, having participated in BBC and Channel 5 shows, as well as being widely published – from BBC History Magazine, the Daily Express and The Times, to the Daily Mail.
She has written eight books on the history of food, among them – Stinking Bishops and Spotty Pigs, The Georgian Kitchen, A History of British Baking and many others. Her latest book, A Dark History of Chocolate is due for publication in November 2021 and she is busy writing a new batch of books for release in 2022 and 2023.
You can find Emma’s books here https://museumofkitchenalia.com/shop/
I will end this article with a video of Emma demonstrating how chocolate was made in the 1800’s. I hope you ‘ll enjoy it