Top Ten Treasures from the Archives: Huntley and Palmers archive

Our collections richer than most people would imagine and cover a wide variety of subjects and historical periods. To give you an idea of what’s there, University Archivist Guy Baxter will be introducing his ‘Top Ten Treasures’ over the coming weeks, picking highlights from the archive collections here at Reading. Enjoy!

Huntley and Palmers map

Treasure Number 4: Huntley & Palmers archive

Guy writes: ‘The University’s large collection of material relating to the history of local biscuit manufacturer Huntley & Palmers is a source of many visual delights. As well as enjoying the colourful packaging, I also find the records of the business and of the extensive factory very interesting. This map demonstrates the vast area of central Reading occupied by the company.  Seed firm Sutton’s (whose detailed archive is also here) had extensive works nearby. Appropriately, the archives are now  held in a house given to the University by Alfred Palmer, one of many examples of the family supporting the University over the years.’

For more information, see our introduction to the Huntley & Palmers archive.

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