This popular gallery tells the story of Huntley & Palmers, Reading's world famous biscuit makers. Discover how Huntley & Palmers pioneered the mass production of biscuits and why Reading became known as the 'Biscuit Town'.

You can see and hear what factory life was like for Huntley & Palmers' thousands of workers, through oral history, photographs and historic film, including the earliest surviving film of a British factory.

Gallery highlights

  • Almost 300 decorative biscuit tins as well as advertising and artefacts
  • An African thumb piano made from a recycled H&P biscuit tin
  • A biscuit supplied to Captain Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition
  • The rude ‘Kate Greenaway’ biscuit tin that embarrassed the biscuit company!

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Biscuit Town 200

2022 marks 200 years since Joseph Huntley opened his first baker’s shop at 72 London Street, Reading. This family business would soon grow into Huntley & Palmers, becoming the largest biscuit-making company in the world.

Find out more about how we're celebrating 200 years of Reading being 'the Biscuit Town'.

Lovely Museum. Memories of Huntley & Palmers biscuits.

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Children looking at Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins
Children looking at Huntley & Palmers biscuit tins