One thousand museums prepare to join the fun of Museums Week.

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One thousand UK museums throughout the country are planning to takepart in Museums Week 1999, which starts on Saturday 15 May. This is thelargest museums promotion in the world and museums have been busypreparing a special programme of events, many choosing food as theirtop theme. Museums Week is organised by The Campaign for Museums.

At the American Museum in Bath, food as it was in the days of NorthAmerican Indians and early European settlers will be on show on Saturday15 and Sunday 16 May. At Blakesley Hall, Birmingham, there will beopportunities to ‘Meet the Housekeeper’ on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16May and learn about food and food preparation in the 17th Century froma costumed interpreter in the museum’s historic kitchen.

The will be offering tastings of fortiesfood and especially World War II recipes on Saturday 15 May and at theNational Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield there will be a livepresentation and theatrical interpretation of the domestic life of a minerswife in 1949.

‘Making A Meal of It’ is a new mouthwatering exhibition at thePerth Museum and Art Gallery in Tayside offering visitors a gastronomicadventure and a range of recipes to take away with them. ‘Food GloriousFood!’ is an exhibition of paintings and artefacts relating to food at the in Southport and on display at theNational Portrait Gallery in London is ‘The Art of Cooking - Second Helpings’, aphotographic portrait exhibition honouring the country’s new celebritychefs.

In the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough there will be ‘Food Fit ForRomans’ and in Chichester, Fishbourne Roman Palace will be serving ‘ATable of Rome’ as part of their celebration of Roman food and cookingon Sunday 23 May.

Visitors to the John Ritblat Gallery at the British Library in London canexperience the new treasures trail, as well as submit their own treasurefrom the gallery display and Edinburgh’s Museums are creating the RoyalMile Treasure Trail for Museums Week. Llancaiach Fawr Living HistoryMuseum, Caerphilly, is organising a ‘Time Travel Is Possible’ weekend andspace travel can be experienced at the Nuneaton Museum,Warwickshire.

The Museums Week website at www.museumsweek.co.uk has been givena completely new look including improved and updated listings andevent information and a news and children’s page.

Museums Week receives support from the Department of Culture, Mediaand Sport and Vauxhall Motors, who have also sponsored the 1999publicity material which includes a specially commissioned poster.Museums Week leaflets are now available free of charge from museums,libraries and Tourist Information Centres throughout the UK.

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