Free Talk at Athlone Castle Explores the History of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory

Written by Stephanie McEvoy on 3rd October 2018

Athlone Castle Visitor Centre is delighted to host a special free talk titled “Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History” by designer Wendy Williams. Wendy is an exhibition designer and has spent the last twenty-odd years making a show of everything from Neolithic battle axes to Patrick Pearse’s tea cup. Wendy is also the curator of the travelling exhibition Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History, which is now on display at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre until October 21st, with the kind permission of Dublin City Library and Archive.  The exhibition was originally funded by the Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.

Wendy’s talk will discuss how in the first decades of the twentieth century, biscuits made by workers in the Bishop Street factory of W & R Jacob & Co. graced tables from Bombay to Buenos Aires. This talk looks at many aspects of Jacob’s one hundred and sixty year business legacy – from the origins of the names of the biscuits to welfare provisions for the people who made them.

The talk will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday 7th October. Admission to the talk is free, but places are limited – booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment. Places for the talk can be booked by emailing, or by phoning 090 6442130.

Normal Athlone Castle Visitor Centre admission rates apply when visiting the Jacobs travelling exhibition. The Castle is open from Tuesday until Sunday for the months of September and October. Athlone Castle Visitor Centre encourages everyone to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane & visit this tasty exhibition!

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