SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream

Coming to London, Summer 2018

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Do you want an ice cream exhibition to launch in London this summer? The British Museum of Food is announcing a crowdfunding page to bring the first major exhibition that explores the history and sensory pleasure of the nation’s favourite summertime treat, ice cream, to the capital.

If you pledge to make the exhibition happen, not only will you have free tickets to SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream, but your name will feature on the Patron’s Wall of Frozen Fame. Other prizes include having your face made into ice cream, and even having ice cream for breakfast with Sam Bompas & Harry Parr in five year’s time. 

SCOOP will open at the height of summer for three months if the crowdfunding target is reached and will feature the world’s largest collection of historic ice cream paraphernalia. This never-before-exhibited collection will be drawn from 14,000 vintage equipment, service-ware, advertising, and music collected over 40 years by Robin and Caroline Weir ranging from Victorian ice cream moulds to an Andy Warhol print. Robin and Caroline Weir are the authors of the award-winning book — "Ice Creams Sorbets and Gelati The Definitive Guide" from Grub Street Publishers.

The exhibition will coincide with the 300th anniversary of Mary Eales’ Receipts (1718), the first printed volume to feature ice cream in an English publication and the 399th anniversary of the first ice house built in Britain (to make ice cream) in Greenwich Park by order of James 1.

A special feature of this exhibition will be a focus on the life and ingenuity of Agnes B. Marshall, known in Victorian times as the Queen of Ices. Far ahead of her time, Marshall wrote several successful cook books, patented an ice cream machine and even suggested using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream as early as the late 1800s. Visitors will get to ‘meet’ Agnes’s amanuensis as part of an immersive and interactive theatre performance. Heston Blumenthal, recipient of multiple Michelin stars, called Marshall: “one of the greatest culinary pioneers this country has ever seen.”

SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream will further include curated galleries, and a programme of talks, events, workshops and wonders including real glacial ice, ice cream weather and glow-in-the-dark ice cream. More details will be announced pending the success of the Indigogo campaign.

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About Robin and Caroline Weir

Robin and Caroline Weir are the authors of Ices the definitive guide and Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide. Caroline has spent her entire life teaching, writing and photographing food in her own right as well as for some of the most highly regarded names in food and is the author of several other cookbooks.

Robin is the managing director of a pharmaceutical distribution company. He demonstrates and lectures all over the world about ice cream making from the 17th century up to the present day. He is acknowledged as one of the foremost experts on ice cream and is also the co-author of The Mustard Book.

Caroline and Robin have a vast collection of ice cream books, prints, machines, equipment, ephemera and memorabilia. The authors live in West London.

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