Welcome to the Museum of Kitchenalia!

We are a small, independent museum collection located in the beautiful Cotswolds. Our aim is to represent the UK’s vast culinary history with a mission to identify, preserve and interpret objects and ephemera specifically relating to the traditions and practices of the British kitchen.

It is not a museum in the traditional sense with display cases and a tea shop. Rather, it is a private collection representing about fifteen years of hoarding Kitchenalia and related objects from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The museum was founded by Emma Kay, a former museum professional who has worked in major institutions such as The National Maritime Museum, The British Museum and the University of Bath. She is qualified in History and Conservation and numerous areas of Heritage Management and Archaeology at Post-Graduate level.

Now, food historian, author and prolific collector of Kitchenalia, She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and young son. Her articles have appeared in publications including BBC History Magazine, The Daily Express, Daily Mail and Times Literary Supplement. She has contributed historic food research for a number of television production companies and featured several times on Talk Radio Europe, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Humberside, BBC Gloucestershire and LifeFM.

In 2018 she appeared in a ten-part series for the BBC and Hungry Gap Productions, ‘ The Best Christmas Food Ever’ and on BBC Countryfile, co-presenting a feature exploring the heritage of the black pear.

At the end of 2019 Emma was filmed for a new Channel 5 series, exploring the food from some of Britain’s greatest battles.

She has delivered talks for Bath Literature Festival, Stroud Book Festival, 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, The Women’s Institute and Freckleton Library among others.

Emma has had six books published including: Dining with the Georgians (Amberley Publishing,2014), Dining with the Victorians (Amberley Publishing,2015), Cooking up History: Chefs of the Past (Prospect Books, 2017), Vintage Kitchenalia (Amberley Publishing,2017), More than a Sauce: A Culinary History of Worcestershire (Amberley Publishing,2018), Stinking Bishops and Spotty Pigs: A History of Gloucestershire’s Food and Drink (Amberley Publishing, 2019).

She is currently writing and researching several new titles for Pen and Sword Books and Amberley Publishing, two of which will be published in 2020.

Emma is a member of The Guild of Food Writers: http://www.gfw.co.uk/

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