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

The Lifting the Lid exhbition at New Lanark explores the story of Scotland's relationship with food and drink!

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

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

Join us on a culinary crusade of Scotland's past! Lifting the Lid brings together objects from the National Library of Scotland and 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.

Included in a Visitor Attraction ticket. Book online or purchase at our Reception Desk. Also included in a 'School only' ticket (£5.50pp) which only includes entry to Robert Owen's School for Children.

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

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Lifting the Lid: A History of Food and Drink in Scotland are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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