Food museums

Authored by: Elizabeth Williams

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661

10.4324/9780203819227.ch21

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Abstract

Until very recently museums did not seem to acknowledge that food was eaten in the historic period. Although natural history museums spend much energy and exhibit space exploring the food of the people of prehistoric times, they tend to concentrate their energies and material culture collection on art, government, war, and religion in the time where a written record is available. The food museum, whether completely standalone, or partially incorporated into other museums, is a fairly modern attempt to remember and explore the fact that people continue to eat. This essay explores the importance of and reasons for the existence of food museums today.

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