In 2014 we carried out a six-month project researching the history of bread and baking in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.
We will be recruited a team of volunteer bread champions to go out into their communities and record the stories, recipes and life experiences of all sorts of people, from those who remember grandma’s fruit loaf to those who worked at Allied Bakeries.
The stories and photos we found are preserved in an online archive here. There was also an an exhibition at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum and Art Gallery (3 May – 13 July 2014) showing the very best of what we found. During the exhibition there were Big Bread Days (Sat 31 May and Sat 7 June 10-4pm) featuring practical baking workshops for all the family in which we tried out some of the best traditional recipes we discovered.
If you would like to know anything more about the project or are interested in the history of bread and baking in the region get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Stone Brothers bakery, Newcastle-under-Lyme