A new exhibition has opened at Saffron Walden Museum examining the history of dining from Roman times to the present day.

The 'Feeding the Family' exhibition, which opened on Saturday, April 1, draws on the museum's own collections and historical sources to see what local families might have been preparing and eating over the past 2,000 years.

Curator Carolyn Wingfield said: "Food is always a major topic and these days more so than ever. Affordability, supply, diet and environmental sustainability are all in the news. 

"We wanted to give this some perspective by looking at how our meals and food fashions have changed throughout history."

Jenny Oxley, the museum's human history officer, added: "Visitors to the exhibition will get the chance to see original recipes as well as typical dishes and tableware from each time period.


"To accompany the display there will also be mystery food smells to identify, and why not decorate a plate with a picture of your favourite meal and add it to our display?"

In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum has partnered with Uttlesford Foodbank so museum visitors can learn more about their work helping residents in need.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, July 9. Admission is £2.50 for adults, £1.25 for concessions and free for children. 

For more information visit www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.