2022 marks 200 years since Joseph Huntley opened his first baker’s shop at 72 London Street, Reading. This moment marked the beginning of a business that would become world-famous, revolutionising biscuit-making across the globe like never before, and transforming Reading’s business and biscuit heritage forever: Huntley & Palmers.

This year, Reading is rediscovering its biscuit heritage with a series of events and visitor opportunities focusing around summer 2022. Discover details of the town-wide programme on the Visit Reading website.

Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) are drawing on our Huntley and Palmers collections to offer a joint programme of events and activities celebrating 200 years biscuit heritage, as part of Museums Partnership Reading, and funded by Arts Council England. Below, explore the Biscuit Town 200 events taking place here at Reading Museum in partnership with The MERL (as Museums Partnership Reading), the University of Reading’s Special Collections, Living Reading, and businesses and organisations across our town.