Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Description of Activity
Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan discussed the fascinating history of the wartime municipal British Restaurants. Often people’s first experience of eating out away from home, Portsmouth’s seventeen British Restaurants supplied 40,000 meals per week at their peak. She discussed how women from various backgrounds came together to feed the public – from those whose homes had been destroyed in Portsmouth’s blitz to people helping to clear the debris and workers in the docks and other industries that were so critical to Britain’s wartime effort.
With a focus on the Victoria Park restaurant, in the heart of Portsmouth, Deborah uncovered the local history of this immense enterprise that democratised eating out and sowed the seeds of the modern ‘take away’ in post war Britain.
Deborah was joined by James Daly of Portsmouth Museum Service, Felicity Wood from the D-Day Story Portsmouth and Jackie Collins from the exciting project to regenerate Portsmouth’s Victoria Park.