Here you'll find links to other useful resources for the history of food, shops and shopping.

Food history

Open university / BBC food timeline
The history of food, from roman pies to metric martyrs

Food timeline
Another useful food timeline, with historical recipes

What’s for dinner: half a century of eating habits in Britain
An exhibition at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, 25th April - 29th October 2006

Mrs Beeton’s “Book of Household Management”
The complete text of the influential guide to running a household in Victorian Britain

The Great British Kitchen
A gazetteer of heritage and regional specialities produced by the British Food Trust; the website also includes recipes, food histories, an ingredients glossary and conversion tool

Historic Food
A wealth of information, images, recipes and period cookery courses from culinary historian Ivan Day

Chinese ready meal packaging, 1980s

Retail, food trade and shopping history

Reconstructing Consumer Landscapes 1945-1975: Shopper reactions to the supermarket in early post-war England
University of Exeter and University of Surrey research project to learn more about how the supermarket transformed everyday life in twentieth-century Britain.

Centre for the history of retailing and distribution (CHORD)
Academic network based at the University of Wolverhampton

Food: from source to salespoint
An ongoing British Library National Life Stories project which charts the revolutionary technical and social changes which have occurred within Britain's food industry in the twentieth century, through oral history recordings with those working at every level of the sector.

Trewins Memorystore archive
A community site produced by retired staff of the John Lewis department store in Watford, which for many years was known by the name of Trewins Brothers. 

WISE Archive: Jarrolds project
An online archive which preserves older people’s memories of their working lives, including a project with former employees of Jarrolds department store in Norwich

Woolworths Virtual Museum
An online archive produced for the company’s 125th anniversary

Advertising and packaging history

History of Advertising Trust
Archive for the UK's advertising and brand communications industry

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Located in London’s Notting Hill, this museum features over 12,000 items from the Robert Opie Collection

Cutting cheese, First World War

Currency and prices

Consumer price inflation, 1947-2004
Information on the Office for National Statistics retail price index, including a table comparing the price of selected grocery products, 1914 – 2004

The National Archives Currency Converter
Convert old money into new and work and Find out how today's prices compares to yesterday's prices

Business archives

Business Archives Council
Registered charity promoting the preservation of business records of historical importance.

National Register of Archives
Includes the Corporate Names index – a searchable database of business records in the UK

Historical directories
A digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919, produced by the University of Leicester

Trade directories at the Guildhall Library
A guide to the extensive collection of street directories and telephone books held at the Guildhall Library.

Educational resources

What’s for dinner: half a century of eating habits in Britain
Includes suggestions for schools activities and links to further educational resources about healthy eating.

Food stories
An interactive resource for KS3 and KS4 citizenship and geography students, which uses the material from the British Library Sound Archive to trace the amazing changes that have taken place in the UK's food culture over the last century.

John Lewis Memory Store
Website designed for children in school at KS2 and KS3, using information from the archive of the John Lewis Partnership to explore the way people dressed, shopped, worked have changed over the past hundred years.

The Corner Shop Project 
Shares the learning of a social history project which documented Black Country shops from 1950 to 2010. The theme of the corner shop can be used to deliver cross-curricular learning at KS2, KS3 and KS4.

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