The First World War in Biscuits

The First World War in Biscuits is an ongoing mixed-media project and innovative collaboration with Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in Reading. It uses the small collection of artistically modified Huntley & Palmers First World War ration biscuits held at Reading Museum, and the extensive and visually striking Huntley & Palmers archive held at both institutions, to tell the story of the role played by Huntley & Palmers global biscuit business during the First World War.

First World War in Biscuits installation at Reading Museum

The first iteration of The First World War in Biscuits, which was shown at Reading Museum and The Minories Gallery in Colchester, was funded by the Arts Council as part of the Reading Connections: Reading at War project. Murjas’s ongoing work on The First World War in Biscuits is funded by the AHRC Everyday Lives in War FWW Engagement Centre. Everyday Lives in War is based at the University of Hertfordshire and works in partnership with the Universities of Essex, Northampton, Exeter, Lincoln and Central Lancashire.

First World War in Biscuits - some of the archive's artefacts on display