Christmas in the Sainsbury Archive

By laura outterside on 23 Dec 2014

Christmas poultry and game display at 14 Cranbrook Road, Ilford  [190-1920s] (SA/BR/22/I/1/1/5)

Christmas poultry and game display at 14 Cranbrook Road, Ilford [190-1920s] (SA/BR/22/I/1/1/5)

Christmas is a time for indulgence in festive foods, with turkeys and puddings, party foods and mince pies. The Sainsbury Archive at Museum of London Docklands demonstrates how one family business turned supermarket giant supplied the nation with food at Christmas time. So much has changed since the company’s beginnings in London in 1869, but, as the archive shows, the traditions and tastes of Christmas remain the same. Read the full postRead the full post

The origins of Christmas pudding

By sarah madden, blog editor on 22 Dec 2014
© Simone Walsh via Flickr

© Simone Walsh via Flickr

Christmas pudding has long been a staple of Londoners’ festive tables. Traditionally incorporating dried fruits, spices, sugar and alcohol this festal favourite is a representation of extensive British trade – and of the exotic bounty brought through London’s docks at the peak of Empire. Read the full postRead the full post