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Be a part of Bompas & Parr’s British Menu Archive

Posted at 10:00 am, April 11, 2014 in Food & Drink
British Menu Archive © Ann Charlott Ommedal)-

Hoarders – your country needs you. Yes, this is your chance to help archive Britain’s culinary history, through the simplest medium of all: its menus. Yes, the food-meets-art crew at Bompas & Parr are working on the British Menu Archive, a collection of menus designed to celebrate the changing face of our dining scene through the years.

So come on, get rummaging, and hunt down your old menus – they’re looking for anything and everything, from your local takeaway pizza menu, to the one from that time you flew Concorde (what – just us?). Not only do you get to clear out your drawers (always a good feeling), and be part of something bigger than yourself, but a few lucky contributors will also win tickets to the exhibition’s glitzy launch event. Tania Ballantine

Hard copies can be sent here (please include your contact details if you want to enter the prize draw):

British Menu Archive
Bompas & Parr
17 Rushworth Street
London SE1 0RB

If you prefer email ­– or would rather not part with the original – you can send scanned versions (as high res as possible) to britishmenuarchive@bombasandparr.com.

Here’s a few old school beauties to inspire you:

1950 Farringdon Ward Club menu

1950 Farringdon Ward Club menu © British Menu Archive

1907 SS Astoria menu

1907 SS Astoria menu  © British Menu Archive

1948 Smiths Potato Crisps menu

1948 Smiths Potato Crisps_menu1950 Farringdon Ward Club menu © British Menu Archive


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