Explore Your Archive 2016

Renowned chef, Bryn Williams helped to kick off the Explore Your Archive campaign in Wales last Friday, here at Denbighshire Archives.

The campaign will run from 19-27 November in archives across the UK and Ireland and encourages everyone to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities with many archives opening their vaults and inviting the public to experience, understand and take pride in the wealth and variety of material they hold.

Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn Williams learnt to appreciate food and its origins from an early age. He has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in London and is now the Chef Patron of Odette’s, taking over the property in October 2008. He has also recently opened Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias, a beach-front Bistro, Café & Bar on the North Wales Coast.

Bryn commented: “It’s fascinating to look at bygone recipes and to see what people used to cook with and also to examine how those old ways of cooking have influenced what we do in kitchens today.  Recipes were one of the things that everyone wrote down and passed on to future generations so they give us a great insight into the food that was served in the richest of houses right down to the rations given out to prisoners or those in the workhouses.”

As part of this year’s campaign here in Wales the focus will be on ‘food’ and a series of short films in English and Welsh have been created featuring historians and archivists looking at nutrition in prisons and workhouses, bygone remedies using some weird and wonderful ingredients and jam-making! We also have a small exhibition highlighting some of the collections held by Denbighshire.

The films can be viewed on the archives.wales website, plus Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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