Jacobs biscuit factory on display at Athlone Castle

'The travelling exhibition Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin - An Assorted History' is now on display at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre until October 21, with the kind permission of Dublin City Library and Archive.

Drawing on the vast 330 boxes of Jacob biscuit factory archives held at Dublin City Library and Archive and using beautifully illustrated panels, oral histories and flags, the exhibition tells both a chronological and thematic history of the workplace.

The events of 1913-1922 which impacted on Ireland nationally, feature prominently and using the lens of the factory allows the exhibition to provide a unique contribution to the Decade of Commemorations.

The exhibition also tells more broadly the impact of Jacob’s on social, cultural and political life in Ireland throughout the twentieth century. It includes an impressive timeline showing the changing faces of Jacob’s biscuit labels throughout the decades.

Visitors will find out about the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream cracker and how major national and international events from the 1916 Rising to both World Wars impacted the business, customers and staff of Jacobs.

Normal Athlone Castle Visitor Centre admission rates apply when visiting the exhibition. As part of the events surrounding the exhibition, its Curator and Designer, Wendy Williams, will give a talk on the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory at 3pm on Sunday, October 7.

The talk will be free to attend, but places will be limited, so booking is advised. Places for the talk can be booked by contacting the Castle at 090 6442130 or at [email protected].

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