Food: From austerity to abundance - waste not, want not

A series of talks and demonstrations about food wastage and supply from the 1940s onwards, delivered in partnership with the Essex branch of the Women's Institute on Saturday 15 September 2018.

The Women's Institute has been forefront in campaigns about food over the decades, particularly during the Second World War years. Food wastage remains a priority, and we're delighted to bring you this partnership event all about rationing, jam making and pickling linking the WI's campaigning with our current Hall exhibition about the 1940s and 1950s history of the building.

Visitors on the day will have a number of free entry activities to choose from:

The Pride of the WI in the Coach House - discover how jam making, bottling, and pickling can be used in order to avoid food waste.  Visitors will be able to drop into this location throughout the day to gain ideas, recipes and confidence in these traditional WI skills.  The Coach House is also where you will be able to see the display of entries and find out the results of the inter Essex WI competitions for jam, chutneys and bottling.  (See for details on how to enter)

Talks in the Hayloft

There will be timed talks throughout the day on issues around not wasting food, the Hayloft holds a maximum capacity of 30 so free tickets will be issued just before the talks on a first come, first served basis.

Please see below a provisional timetable for the talks, at the time of drafting this item we were awaiting confirmation from further contributors so this may be subject to change. 

10:30  Essex County Council – using leftovers to create meals

11:30  Essex County Council – how to store food to avoid waste

12:30  Rainham Hall – the realities of rationing during the Second World War

13:30  Essex County Council – using leftovers to create meals

14:30  Essex County Council – how to store food to avoid waste

15:30   Toast Ale - how they use waste bread to make beer

Community Garden Tours

There is the opportunity to take a guided garden tour run by our volunteers with a focus on grow your own and composting.  Tours will last approximately 45 minutes and will run throughout the day at the following times:

10:30, 12:00, 13:30 and the last one at 15:00.

You don’t have to take a tour to enjoy the garden please feel free to enjoy this lovely space throughout the day.

Visit the Hall 

The Hall will be open to visitors throughout the day and our team will be on hand should you have any questions. Admission fees: £6 adults/£3 children/NT members and under 5’s free. Follow the link below for more information about visiting the Hall and enjoying our current exhibition.