Donegal County Museum are currently displaying two tasty exhibitions- ‘Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History’ as well as the more local orientated, ‘Oatfield – A Short But Sweet History’
The museum is delighted to be the first venue to host the Jacob’s travelling exhibition that draws on Dublin City Library and Archives vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive. This travelling exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s 20th Century history.
Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life. This exhibition and was funded through the Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations.
Also on display is a curated selection from Donegal County Museum’s exhibition, ‘Oatfield – A Short But Sweet History’. This explores the world of Lettekenny’s Iconic Oatfield confectionary factory through personal memories, photographs and artefacts.
Oatfield Confectionery had seen many changes from its foundation in the 1920’s to 2010 when manufacture of the iconic sweets moved abroad.
Oatfield sweets, manufactured in Letterkenny, were exported world-wide to over 80 countries.
Caroline Carr of the Donegal County Museum urged people to come in and have a look at these quirky exhibitions.
“Many memories are associated with both Jacob’s and Oatfield, whether through family members working there or simply a life-time of enjoying their wonderful selection of familiar products.
“We encourage everyone to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane & visit these tasty exhibitions.”
Visitors to the exhibitions and members of the public are encouraged to contact Dublin City Library and Archives (DCLA) @dclareadingroom and Donegal County Museum @Donegalcomuseum using #jacobsassorted & #oatfieldsweets to share their favourite labels or memories of Jacob’s and Oatfield. Or show us how far in the world have they ended up!
We would also like to hear your stories and memories of the after-life of Jacob’s and Oatfield tins and boxes. What did you keep in the tin or box, once all the contents were eaten? For example the spare parts for the first Aer Lingus plane Iolar were carried in a Jacob’s tin!
The exhibitions are on display to until the end of June. Admission free and all are welcome.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00am to 4.30pm, Saturday 1.00- 4.30pm.
For further information contact the Museum
Telephone: 074 9124613