Day School: Huntley and Palmer 200th Anniversary

Ref: C3747043

Huntley and Palmer was one of Reading's '4bs' of biscuits, beer, bulbs and bricks fame. However, it was neither the oldest of the four or the one that could claim to have been in business the longest, but it was by far the town's largest employer by the turn of the 20th century and perhaps the one ‘b’ that is most fondly remembered. Generations of the same family worked at the factory on the King's Road, many workers lived close by in Newtown and Redlands and today there are still those who remember the men and women who worked there. Our aim here is to explore the origins of the company, the reasons for its subsequent success, get to know those Victorian entrepreneurs who set the wheels in motion for a business the product of which became a household name all over the globe.

Course aim

To provide an insight into the largest of Reading's '4bs' and to appreciate its standing in the town and as a global business.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • For all those who have an interest in Reading's industrial and commercial heritage and want to learn more about the company at a day school that will not pass without a certain amount of nostalgia.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Talk informatively about Huntley and Palmers and its impact on the town of Reading.
  • Become familiar with those factors that gave rise to its success and those a century later which signalled its decline.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Access to a computer for course details and printing of course materials/handout.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: Huntley and Palmer 200th Anniversary


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