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Home Cooked Heritage

Food…it means so much too so many; your favourite meal, your comfort food, the pancakes only your great grandfather could make right!

How do you store these recipes? On a scrap of paper, in a book passed down and adapted by generations of your family or just in your head?

In February and March of 2019 children and adults from across Nottinghamshire came together alongside a storyteller, an artist and an archaeologist to delve into Nottinghamshire’s archives. During a series of workshops they reminisced about sweets of the past and the recipes that mean the most to them. Most importantly, they shared their own family food stories and precious recipes.

The result of this fantastic collaboration, put on by Inspire Libraries and Nottinghamshire County Council with a funding grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, was a series of tea towels.

Each tea towel represents an element of Nottinghamshire’s history through a medium close to all our hearts…recipes! Visit during museum opening hours Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and discover the recipes that have inspired generations.


For each week of the 12 week run of the exhibition we will have a new recipe card for you to collect and take home so that you can try the recipes’ for yourself.

Then on Saturday 18th April (the final day of the exhibition) we will be putting on a tasting day, a free event where some of the recipes’ will have been made by professionals, so come along between 1pm and 3:30pm and see what they should taste like!



This exhibition has been put on with the kind permission of and in association with:

Nottinghamshire CC and Inspire Libraries BannerHeritage Lottery Fund



28th January 2020 to 18th April 2020


10:00 to 16:00


D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
8a Victoria Street
NG16 3AW