About

Welcome to the Museum of Kitchenalia!

We are a small, independent museum located in the beautiful Cotswolds, open at various times of the year for workshops and demonstrations only. Details of which you can find by visiting the ‘What’s On’ pages. 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.

Emma is now a well-known author of six books, with a seventh in production, all exploring the history of cooking and dining, 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).

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 and LifeFM.

Television appearances include a ten-part series for the BBC and Hungry Gap Productions – ‘ The Best Christmas Food Ever’ and a feature on the heritage of the black pear for BBC Countryfile.

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

Email Emma at:
kitchenmuseum@yahoo.com