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Food memories give taste of Wolverhampton's past

A unique project capturing people's memories of food using images and artefacts from Wolverhampton Art Gallery is being published.

(L-R) Founder members of the Meet Me @ WAG group, Jose Woodford, Jean Bate and Brad Purshouse
Founder members of the group

For the past 2 years older people have been meeting once a month at the Lichfield Street gallery as part of a reminiscence group to talk about food.

The end result is a thought provoking online book, which captures the city's past as well as lots of happy shared memories about cooking, eating and drinking.

The gallery was one of 29 European galleries who received funding from the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme to run a European Food and Drink project which aimed to promote the theme of food and drink using gallery collections.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery set up a Meet Me @ WAG group for people aged 50 plus to get together and chat about their memories of food and now they have all been captured and saved in an online book.

Jean Bate, 81, from Springfield, was one of the group founders.

She said: "There is a photo of some children drinking from milk bottles and I remember those days clearly - even if you didn't like the taste you had to drink it and not waste anything."

Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This will hold a lot of interest for many people. The book has old images of the city as well as some traditional Black Country recipes and lots of food memories which will be familiar to so many.

"It is a wonderful local archive and has been a great reason for older people to get together at the gallery every month."

To find out more about the book go to Food and Drink Publication.

  • released: Tuesday 2 August, 2016