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Heritage Open Day 2021 – Edible England

Sat 11 September, 2021 - Sun 12 September, 2021

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Food Glorious Food! – come and join with us to celebrate Heritage Open Day 2021

We are delighted to be opening our doors today Saturday 11 September (10am to 4pm) as part of Bath’s contribution to Heritage Open Days. This year’s theme is Edible England and we have a number of tasty events for you to join in with!

Our Jurassic Ark exhibition will be open 10am to 4pm, with a special kids’ activity sheet to discover what dinosaurs ate for their dinner – find out all about carnivores, herbivores and more! Free entry, donations welcome.

Click here to read more about our special dinosaur event for Heritage Day.

At 1pm we’ll be releasing a talk online by Professor Robert Morrison about Regency Food – information coming soon on this exclusive video.

Our Bluestocking Circle was such a success two years ago that we decided to repeat the experience this year –  please come along at 2pm to Queen Square, feel free to dress up if you wish and bring along foodie writings, quotes, poetry (and your own thoughts of course) – we’ll be having an open discussion, plus Chair of Directors, Betty Suchar, the daughter of a Virginian Potato Farmer, will be giving a talk on the humble spud! To let us know you’re coming please email reception@brlsi.org.

You can read more about our ever popular Bluestocking circle here.

For Heritage Open Day, Bath Royal brings you a special blog about Edmund Rack, an 18th century foodie in Bath, with some extracts from his highly entertaining journal in 1779, where he vividly observed life and manners in Georgian Bath. As a Quaker, he was less concerned with the usual pleasures of Bath, such as gambling and he was more interested in Bath’s more serious and intellectual side, such as encounters with William Herschel.  You can read more about Edmund Rack here.

Bath Royal also presents an exclusive blog on Dr Oliver’s Biscuits. Visitors flocking to Bath to take the waters typically breakfasted on the Bath bun. But it was a rich and sugary choice for gout invalids with a tendency to overeat. Dr Oliver, one of the founding fathers of the Bath General Hospital and a fellow suffer of gout grappled with this problem. Along with observing his patients, this supposedly led to his invention of a hard dry cracker to serve as a digestive aid. Oliver became a hugely successful and wealthy physician and was able to move into a newly built house designed by John Wood, in Queen Square, possibly in the same position as the current Bath Royal.

Click here to read more about Dr Oliver’s biscuits, and even discover a recipe for them!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday – any queries please email us at reception@brlsi.org



Sat 11 September, 2021
Sun 12 September, 2021
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