This Heritage Open Days you can enjoy two special events, for free, celebrating the Northumberland cookery book writer, Hannah Glasse.


Hannah Glasse, neé Allgood, was born in 1708, the illegitimate daughter of a Northumbrian Landowner, Isaac Allgood. She was brought up and educated near Hexham. Her book was first published in 1747 and although it went on to be an international bestseller, Hannah saw very few of the profits. The book’s distinction was its simplicity: simple instructions, accessible ingredients, an accent on thrift, easy recipes and practical help with weights and timing. The book was aimed at middle class households and offered a simpler type of cuisine using seasonal produce. The book was an immediate bestseller selling internationally well into the 19th century.

Forum Cinema, Hexham
Saturday 11 September at 11.30am & Saturday 18 September at 11.30am

November Club and Northumberland Archives present three short films celebrating the 18th century cookery book writer, Hannah Glasse, the author of the most successful cookbook of all time, “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy”.

The three films; Hannah Glasse Saves the Nation; The Rebels and Currey the India Way are inspired by letters and papers held by the Northumberland Archives within the Allgood family collection. They shed a light on this little-heard of author who is considered by many to have been the mother of the modern dinner party and the ‘first domestic goddess’.



Northumberland Archives Virtual Talks Series: Hannah Glasse 
Sunday 12 September at 7pm.

In this online event you will be introduced to Hannah and her world, have the opportunity to view two of the three films and learn what inspired this exciting project. The panel of speakers includes Director of the films Cinzia Hardy, writer Fiona Ellis and Northumberland Archives Archivist Linda Bankier. 

November Club worked with Northumberland Archives to produce three short films each inspired by one of a collection of Hannah’s letters held by Northumberland Archives within the Allgood family collection.



You can find out more about Hannah Glasse on the Northumberland Archives LEARN Platform: LEARN - Hannah Glasse's Art of Cookery Main Page - Northumberland Archives 

They also have a Facebook Group set up sharing activities and recipes from the archive. You can join up here: (2) Hannah Glasse's Art of Cookery | Facebook

“Hannah Glasse Saves the Nation” is supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.
“The Rebels” and “Currey the India Way” are supported by Arts Council England.

November Club will present the delayed live performance of Food and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham at the Great Hall, Hexham Abbey on Friday 12th & Saturday 13th November 2021.
The performance will also be live streamed and available afterwards on demand for a limited period. Full details will be announced soon. For information click here

Image: Imogen Cloet

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