Mike Cooper will be giving a talk on ‘Feeding Reading in the Wars’ to the History of Reading Society at 7.30pm Wednesday 17 February.
The British School on Southampton Street in Katesgrove opened a communal kitchen on 3 September 1917. It was the first in Reading and was followed by communal kitchens in Orts Road and Tudor Road.
In “Food Shortages and Rationing, Berkshire in the First World War” [Ref 1], Lynda Chater says
The idea was to provide cheap nutritious meals to the population saving food and labour through economies of scale.
The talk takes place at the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BE, behind Reading Central Library on King’s Road.
Talks are free to members and £2 for non-members.
- Chater, Lynda. Food Shortages and Rationing, Berkshire in the First World War. Reading Borough Libraries, BWW1 Berkshire in the First World War History Project.