Come along to our Recipes Across the Years event!

 To celebrate our Recipes Across the Years month West Yorkshire Archive service will be holding a feast of events throughout September!

The week beginning Monday 12th September sees each of our district offices offering free cake and biscuit samples to our readers made from recipes of the 1940s era.

On Friday 16th September we will be holding our Recipes Across the Years  event at Wakefield Market’s Demonstration Station in the food hall.

This free event will run from 8.30am – 4.30pm and will include:

  •  A talk from WYAS staff at 12.30 and 3.30 on the workhouse and prison diets 
  • A talk from WYAS Conservation Team at 10.30 and 2.00 on how they made iron gall ink from an old recipe, and how they have conserved an 18th century recipe book.
  • The baking and sampling of biscuits and cakes on site taken from early – mid 20th century  recipes.
  •  A kids corner where children can ice buns made from the recipes, and draw a picture of their favourite food
  •   The opportunity to enter a recipe into our competition which will lead to each entry being bound by our conservation team and turned into an archive in October. Every family has a [not-so] secret recipe handed down through the generations and this is a fantastic opportunity to capture these recipes for future generations to treasure!

If you would like to help make history and have the chance to get your heirloom recipe into the archive, join in and send us your recipe.

So come along and listen to staff talk about the workhouse and prison diets, how to make iron gall ink from an old recipe and how our Conservation Team actually work to preserve our unique historical records –  all this while you enjoy some free samples of the buns, biscuits and cakes made from the recipes taken from our archives!


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