Victoria Park Portsmouth

WW2 British Restaurants and social eating

Join us for the curious tale of British Communal Restaurants in World War 2 and Social Eating.

Thursday 29th February 2024, 7-8.30pm (Free in-person or online – tickets & details below)

In World War 2 many people found themselves unable to get regular hot meals. The Government set up a programme of British Restaurants to provide low-cost nourishing meals off the ration.

There were 17 such restaurants in Portsmouth, one of which was in Victoria Park.

Caroline Beecham will talk about her novel Maggie’s Kitchen (Penguin), which tells the story of a young woman setting up a communal restaurant in London’s Blitz.
Professor Bryce Evans (Liverpool Hope University) will discuss his recent book, Feeding the People in Wartime Britain (Bloomsbury).
They will be in conversation with Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Portsmouth). The event is part of the Heritage Lottery Project at Victoria Park and supported by the University’s Heritage Hub.

You are invited to read the books in advance which can be found online at Portsmouth Libraries Borrow Box. Please note that this is a hybrid event that you can attend either in person or online.

Tickets are free from British communal restaurants in World War 2 and Social Eating (on-line and in-person options). In person at Room EW1.10, Eldon Building, Middle Street, PO1 2DJ.

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