Lifting the lid on 400 years of food and drink

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A touring display from the National Library of Scotland tells the fascinating story of the development of the Scots diet over the past 400 years, and will be on show at East Renfrewshire Libraries until Thursday, July 4.

It is part of a Scotland-wide tour that aims to introduce the National Library’s collections to people across the country, close to where they live.

The free display is made up of a series of colourful panels which tell the story of food and drink in Scotland, based on photographs and descriptions of material in the National Library’s collection.

The display will help visitors understand more of how their ancestors lived and how their diet links to what we eat today.

The information in the display is taken from the popular exhibition Lifting the Lid: 400 years of food and drink in Scotland which was staged at the Library’s Edinburgh headquarters in 2015.

Curator Olive Geddes who developed Lifting the Lid said: “We hope that, through this touring exhibition, people can learn more about food in Scotland and about how tastes have changed and developed.”

The display will be on show at local venues as follows:

• Barrhead Library – until Thursday, May 2

• Giffnock Library - Saturday, May 4 – Thursday, May 23

• Eastwood Park Theatre – Sat urday, May 25 – Thursday, June 6

• Mearns Library – Saturday, June 8 – Thursday, June 20

• Clarkston Library – Saturday, June 22 – Thursday, July 4.

The curator’s talk will take place on Friday, May 27 at Giffnock Library, 1.30pm.

This event is free but booking is essential. Tickets will be available from the box office on 0141 577 4976, online here or in person from Giffnock Library.