Colmans Mustard

Did you know that Captain Robert Falcon Scott set sail for the South Pole in 1901 with a ton and a half of Colman’s Mustard on board? Or that mustard baths were considered beautifiers of the skin? Discover more fascinating facts about Colman’s in a special commemorative exhibition looking at the brand’s fascinating history.

This year, Colman’s celebrates its 200th anniversary in Norwich. To commemorate this special event, Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum, owned by Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust), have organised a new exhibition – All Over the World: 200 Years of Colman’s Mustard – which runs from 10th-22nd November in The Forum’s Fusion Screen (Monday – Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm).

The exhibition explores the long history of Norwich’s flagship food industry, and features a digital timeline of 200 years of Colman’s milestones, archive film, adverts, and display boards. Together they will document the impact Colman’s has effected on a global scale. The exhibition will be complimented by a series of free lunchtime talks on family history, Norwich industries and advertising, and a craft day for children.

The exhibition, organised by Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum and HEART, is in partnership with the Unilever Archives, the UEA’s East Anglian Film Archive, the History of Advertising Trust and The Forum.

Melanie McGhee, Development Assistant at Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to make people aware of the global impact Colman’s has had. The firm has become so much more than a local institute: it has shaped lives, advertising and culinary tastes all over the world. In its 200th year, we’ve mapped some of the business’ core achievements. We are thankful for the support we have receive from our partners, without whom this would not have been possible.”

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All Over the World: 200 Years of Colman’s Mustard

The Forum, Fusion Screen
Mon 10 – Sat 22 Nov

10am-4.30pm (closed Sundays and Friday 14th November)

Discover Colman’s worldwide impact in this exhibition and digital timeline


Tue 11 Nov – 12pm-1pm

Researching your Family History

Victoria Draper, Archive Education and Outreach Officer from the Norfolk Record Office, will deliver a talk on family history research. Victoria will use examples from the Colman family and its workers to illustrate how archivists unveil the past.
Free talk in the Fusion Screen gallery, The Forum

Sun 16 Nov – 11am – 1pm & 2.30pm – 3.45pm

Colman’s Craft Day

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum will be delivering a day of craft activities in the children’s library. Participants can make an origami box, do some colouring in and guess the contents of ‘feely’ boxes.

Free craft day in the Children’s Library, The Forum

Tue 18 Nov – 12pm-1pm

Your First World War family: researching home front and military ancestors

Join Elizabeth Budd, Second Floor Manager at Norfolk County Council, as she demonstrates how archivists research and unveil World War I family history.
Free talk in the Fusion Screen gallery, The Forum

Wed 19 Nov – 12.30pm-1.30pm

The Industries of Norwich

Nick Williams, best-selling author of Norwich: City of Industries will deliver a talk that focuses on Norwich’s industrial heritage. This will include the textile, shoe, brewing and food industries.
Free talk in the Millennium Library Heritage Centre, The Forum

Wed 19 Nov – 1.30pm-2.30pm

Behind the Scenes: Managing Brand Advertising Archives for the Nation

The History of Advertising Trust manage the archives for some of the UK’s most prominent brands, with clients including H J Heinz & Co Ltd UK and Hovis. Join Chloe Veale, Director of the History of Advertising Trust, for a ‘behind the scenes’ talk on managing the Nation’s brand archives.
Free talk in the Fusion Screen gallery, The Forum

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About Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum

Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum was opened in 1973 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Colman’s, with premises on Bridewell Alley. It moved to the historic art nouveau Royal Arcade in 1999, where it has been based ever since in a careful replica of Victorian trade premises.

The shop stocks an extensive range of powder and prepared mustards, including a number of specialities made exclusively for the shop. In addition, there are a wide selection of mustard pots and spoons, together with tea towels – not to mention a broad range of Colman’s memorabilia. It also contains many items on loan from the archives, covering all aspects of the history and production of Colman’s mustard. HEART took over the shop in 2009 from Colman’s parent company Unilever PLC.

About Norwich HEART

Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich. We strategically plan, regenerate, manage and promote Norwich’s heritage and act as a best practice model internationally for developing heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives support from bodies including the University of East Anglia and Norwich City Council and has received project funding from a variety of sources including European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council. HEART took over Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum in August 2009, from previous owners Unilever UK & Ireland.


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