British Museum Of Food
From Field to Table, Mouth and Beyond - Borough Market, London, Closed from 24 January 2016
BRITISH MUSEUM OF FOOD - Borough Market, London,
23 October 2015 - 24 January 2016
For three months Bompas & Parr was delighted to present the inaugural British Museum of Food, the world’s first cultural institution entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food.
Never was the subject of food explored so powerfully, with a series of exhibits that aligned with the quirky and disruptive style of the studio’s approach to communicating food and drink, coupled with the ethos and values of a serious museum.
Located in a building at Borough Market across two floors, Bompas & Parr collaborated with the market’s managers, trustees and traders as well as a selection of different artists to initiate a new cultural institution for the capital.
The museum's aspirations, even as seek a permanent home, are to change peoples’ lives by helping them consider what they eat, spread knowledge around nutrition and health and to recognise its role in culture.
As it builds a permanent collection, the ambition is to become a globally recognised national resource, a platform for experimentation and innovation, and a body that can advise government policy makers on anything related to food.
The opening exhibits manifested a variety of features that embody the museum’s motto of ‘From Field to Table, Mouth… and Beyond.’
- Be the Bolus – the Peristalsis Experience, a 4D journey that follows the path of food from the mouth through the stomach and intestines
- Choco-Phonica – a sonic wonderland focused on chocolate, sponsored by Hotel Chocolat
- The British Menu Archive – a selection of historical and beautiful menus that bring to life 300 years of nutritional delight
- The Butterfly Effect – the story of the unsung heroes of pollination involved a walk-through tropical butterfly zone
- Atelier of Flavour – a gallery showcase of food as art
Bompas & Parr is seeking charitable status for the museum and assembling a board of trustees ahead of seeking financial support to establish a permanent museum.
The temporary museum in Borough Market is now closed. We are seeking a permanent home for BMOF, and will shortly be announcing the future for the museum. Follow us on social media or sign up to Bompas & Parr's newsletter for news on BMOF's next chapter.
Poster image: Art direction by Emma Rios and Olivia French, Photographed by Katy Pople.
Slideshow: photography by Ann Charlott Ommedal and Marcus Peel.