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Discover more about Huntley & Palmers by exploring these six themes or by playing an interactive game.

Each theme tells the story of an aspect of the company’s history.

Alternatively you can use the search box to find specific items from the Huntley & Palmers Collection.
 
 
 
The Wider Picture
The Wider Picture
A look at the growth of Reading before Huntley & Palmers - and also at some of the other industries that developed in the town during the nineteenth century.
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Biscuits
Biscuits
Huntley & Palmers built their reputation on the quality and variety of their biscuits which numbered 400 by the early 1900s. This theme illustrates the changing taste of the British public and the advertising used by the firm. Use the recipes to make your own Huntley & Palmers biscuits!
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Biscuit Tins
Biscuit Tins
Huntley & Palmers tins appeared in all shapes and sizes and often resembled another object so closely that it was difficult to tell it was still a biscuit tin. This section details the story of Huntley & Palmers tins from their beginnings in the 1830's through to the modern tins of the late twentieth century
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Factory
Factory
From a small back room with one piece of machinery to a fully mechanised 5,000 acre site with its own railway sidings, this section details the development of the factory during the Victorian era and the World Wars through to its closure in the 1980s
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Global
Global
There didn't appear to be a single place in the world where Huntley & Palmers biscuits couldn't be found! Find out about the explorers who considered Huntley & Palmers biscuits essential items and how their tins were reused by people all over the globe
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Interactives
Interactives
Play 'How to be a Biscuit Millionaire' following in the footsteps of George Palmer.
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People
People
Who were the original founders of Huntley & Palmers? This section looks at the people involved in the firm, from the directors to the employees, many of whom spent 50 years of their lives working at the Reading factory. Review the hours of work and working conditions - would you swap?
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Reading Town
Reading Town
The importance of Huntley & Palmers to Reading cannot be underestimated as the population of Reading boomed and whole families were employed in the factory. This section details the gifts made by the directors to the town and illustrates how important the title of 'Reading Biscuits' was to the firm
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Huntley & Palmers Timeline
Huntley & Palmers Timeline
Timeline showing key dates in the development of Reading's famous biscuit company from its foundation in 1822 to the present day.
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