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Lifting the Lid: A History of Food and Drink in Scotland

23rd September - 12th November 2017

Included in a Visitor Attraction ticket. Book online here or purchase at our Reception Desk. Purchase a 'Lifting the Lid only' ticket to access the exhibition room for £3pp at our Reception Desk or a School for Children ticket (£5.50pp) which also includes entry to the Historic Classroom & Theatre.

Open 10am-5pm in September/October. 10am-4pm in November.

Lifting the Lid

Proudly sponsored by Border Biscuits

Join us on a culinary crusade of Scotland's past! Lifting the Lid brings together images from the National Library of Scotland and objects from collections across Lanarkshire to look at the story of Scotland's relationship with food and drink over the centuries.

Some live to eat, others eat to live. Food is essential for all of us, but we do not eat the same things, prepared in the same way and at the same times.

Scotland has a rich and diverse natural larder with plentiful supplies of fish, game, cereals and fruit. Yet, Scots have been branded the 'sick man of Europe' and their diet condemned. 

Before the industrial age, the rural poor were said to be 'remarkably healthy' with a simple, frugal but wholesome diet. For most, meat was an occasional luxury and desserts unknown. But, those who could afford to do so consumed large amounts of meat and used copious amounts of sugar now considered damaging to health. 

Lifting the Lid celebrates Scotland's changing relationship with food and drink, and explores the myths and traditions associated with its peoples' diet.

Colourful panels in 'Lifting the lid' feature content from the National Library of Scotland's printed and manuscript items, including pages from recipe books, food advertisements, quotations, illustrations and photographs. 


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