100 Years of Tea and Cake - Celebrating Suffolk East Women's Institute

Sardines on toast made by wi member

WI presidents and other guests were invited to the opening of the tea party style exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life. The exhibition celebrates 100 years of the East Suffolk Federation of the Women’s Institute.

All the foods represented have been hand crafted by local WI members and are displayed on authentic vintage tableware to create place settings that represent each decade. Alongside the tea party, unique items from both the Museum and the WI collections are on display, telling the story and history of the Women’s Institute in East Suffolk, from their founding in 1919 through to the present day.

Erika Wilkin, Federation Chairman says,

“The Suffolk East Federation is delighted to be working with the Museum of East Anglian Life as part of our Centenary Celebrations. This exhibition concentrates on food and how taste, production and how we present it has changed over the 100 years since the WI started in Suffolk.”

From its founding in Britain in 1915, the Women’s Institute has been involved in the production of food. From encouraging women to become involved in food production during the First World War, through the distribution of seeds, canning of foods and jam making during the Second World War, to the modern day, this exhibition gives the opportunity to engage visitors with how our food tastes have changed over the last century.

The Exhibition is now open and will run until 6th October 2019 at the Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket. For more information please go to http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/

For more photos, see the gallery here.

You can find the museum in Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14 1DL

Posted on 24-Jul-2019 (Updated: 22-Oct-2019).