Architectural food company Bompass & Parr have pioneered another food adventure with the British Museum of Food. Described as a showcase of the most exciting elements of food, the exhibit is the world’s first cultural institution entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food.
“Around the world there are various museums devoted to specific items of food and drink, such as herrings and absinthe, but nowhere has an institution been created that seeks to embrace this crucial part of human existence,” says Harry Parr, partner of Bompas & Parr and a founder trustee of the museum.
The initial concept was launched on 23 October at Borough Market, London. It marks the first stage of the concept’s development as it seeks to become a permanent museum.
The aim of the exhibit is to change lives by encouraging people to consider what they eat and also encourage people to recognise the role of nutrition and health in culture. “As it builds a permanent collection, it will seek to become a globally recognised national resource, a platform for experimentation and innovation, and a body that can advise government policy makers on anything related to food,” says the studio.
The museum will run for three months with five initial exhibits namely; Be the Bolus – an immersive digital journey into the body, Choco-Phonica – a sonic wonderland focused on chocolate, The British Menu archive – a selection of historical and beautiful menus, The Butterfly Effect – a walk-through tropical butterfly experience celebrating pollination, and Atelier of Flavour – a gallery showcase of food as art.
“This has long been an aspiration of the studio and we’re delighted to have been able to assemble a stellar cast to help us bring this to life. And where better than the spiritual home of London’s food culture?” says Parr.