Archive of the month reveals historic canteen

Canteen rules

August's Archive of the month is about a little-known college facility from the past - the canteen. The canteen was started in 1872 and sold an extraordinary variety of goods.

Members of the college could fill out an order form and get luxury goods like claret and champagne as well as commonplace items like kindlers, paraffin and woollen socks. The price lists and letters from the archives record what was sold and give us an insight into daily life at the time.

Unfortunately the canteen had a short life, and had disappeared from the records by the 1920s. See the Archive of the month.

12 August 2011