The Exhibition

Exhibition Details

December 10th, 2009 | Comments Off
by Jesse, IWM Web Team

The Ministry of Food examines how the British public adapted to food shortages during the Second World War, learning how to be both frugal and inventive on the ‘Kitchen Front’.

Marking the seventieth anniversary of the introduction of food rationing in Britain, the exhibition shows that growing your own food, eating seasonal fruit and vegetables, reducing imports, recycling, and healthy nutrition were just as important in 1940 as they are today.

The exhibition runs from 12 February 2010 – 3 January 2011.
Sponsored by Company of Cooks

Imperial War Museum London is open daily from 10.00am – 6.00pm (closed on 24, 25, 26 December). Last admission is 5.45pm.



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The Café

Visit Kitchen Front, run by our exhibition sponsors Company of Cooks, on the ground floor of the Museum to sample their delicious new menu based on original wartime recipes from the Museum’s archives.

Pork belly, cabbage and apple stew, cheese and lentil pie, and corned beef, beetroot and horseradish salad are just a few of the dishes on offer, in addition to a fantastic selection of cakes, biscuits, pastries and special options for children. Keep checking the blog for updates on seasonal dishes and special offers, or visit the Museum’s website.

Kitchen Front is open 10.00am – 5.30pm. Fully Licensed.

Join the Friends of the Imperial War Museum and see The Ministry of Food for free!

Friends of the Imperial War Museum enjoy free entry to all Imperial War Museum branches and special exhibitions. For more information about all benefits and to download an application form click here.

Ministry in the Media

Read what the press have been saying about The Ministry of Food exhibition

Guardian Gardening Blog
History Today magazine
BBC Radio 4 audio slideshow
The Times Online
The Daily Mail
BBC Radio 4

BBC News Magazine: Should We Bring Back Rationing?
The Daily Telegraph: The Kitchen Thinker: potatoes