Why Eating the Archives?

Gerard Foley Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 11:03

Last week the State Records Office of WA launched Eating the Archives. Some of you might be asking ‘Why Eating the Archives?’ Those of us who work with the State archives collection, WA’s largest archival collection, know that there are many unexpected stories to be found in the State’s archives. The staging of State occasions, such as State Dinners, Luncheons, Balls, Garden Parties and the like, is revealed in great detail in the State archives. The files show the enormous amount of precise planning for these events, including issues with sourcing food, dealing with various quotes from caterers and suppliers, protocol matters, etc, in intricate detail. The purpose of the online exhibition is to reveal some of the records about past State occasions, coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth - the largest State occasion ever to occur in WA. The appetiser online exhibition will be developed into a full online exhibition, complementing the Eating the Archives outdoor luncheon on 28 October 2011 and revealing some of the hidden and unexpected stories about past State occasions. In the next few weeks the blog will explore new finds and stories revealed about food and produce in WA and past State occasions.

Register now if you wish attend the Eating the Archives luncheon on 28 October 2011 and enjoy the culinary delights created by celebrated WA chef Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amusé.

Gerard Foley
Senior Archivist