Stockport gears up for a food themed Museums at Night 2010

By Culture24 Staff | 10 May 2010
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Trouble at t'Mill at the Hat Works. Courtesy Hat Works

Dust off your eating trousers for the food themed festival of events sweeping through Stockport for Museums at Night 2010.

The historical romp through the eating habits of Stockport residents begins at Staircase House with A Bite at Night. Meet characters from the past, discover some rather strange eating practices and explore the foods eaten by the rich and the poor. If this gets your appetite going then Stockport Market and the surrounding businesses will be opening late offering music, food and shopping.

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Staircase House, A Bite at Night. Courtesy Staircase House

If you fancy dining out Victorian style then head down to Hat Works for Trouble at t’Mill. Make sure you arrive on time at 7pm where you will be met with a delicious bowl of 19th century gruel that starving Stockport Workhouse residents would have chowed down on during the food riots of 1850.

While you let your gruel supper settle, you can make a coloured lantern before you embark on a tour around the candlelit museum led by a costumed interpreter. Hear more about the gruesome and disgusting food habits of Victorian Stockport and the riot of starving people at St Peter's Church.

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Was Mrs Beeton the Victorian Delia? Courtesy Bramall Hall

Sticking in the Victorian era, Bramall Hall will be hosting Mrs Beeton: The Victorian Equivalent to Delia. The team at Bramall Hall aims to dispel the myths of a buxom woman in a white pinnie and offer an in depth look into the life of the magazine columnist.

You can discover how her essential tips for housekeeping were achieved in a tour of the house and taste some of the delicious recipes she compiled for her infamous book 'Mrs Beeton's book of household management.'

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Feast or Famine at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters. Courtesy Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Moving into the twentieth century, you can head below ground to the Stockport Air Raid Shelters for Feast or Famine. Take a tour around the Shelters and discover more about wartime food rationing and how those living at this time made the most of every scrap.

If you fancy rustling up some wartime cuisine at home then head over to the British Restaurant at the Stockport Story Museum for a cooking demonstration featuring some of the interesting food substitutes used in the war – anyone for more whale meat?

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