A new exhibition – From cream crackers to the 1916 Rising – has been opened by Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Mícheál Mac Donncha, at Dublin City Library & Archive in Pearse Street.
It explores the history of the Jacob's biscuit factory and its impact on Ireland and on the lives of many thousands of workers throughout the 20th century.
Dublin City Library holds 330 boxes of archival material from W&R Jacob and Company, representing more than 150 years of biscuit making in the capital, and including items such as biscuit labels and packaging, advertisements, employee welfare booklets and other business and marketing ephemera.
In a series of illustrated panels and displays, the exhibition tells the story of the factory, its workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life.
Thousands of Dubliners have an ancestral connection to Jacob’s, while generations of families across the island and abroad have enjoyed their selection of products.
The free exhibition has been developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations programme. It will run until 28 October.
Free Guided tours are available at 10:30am and 11:30am on Tuesdays for the duration, and a talk – From Bishop Street to Buenos Aires: Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, Dublin – will be presented by curator Wendy Williams at 1:10pm on Thursday 5 October (all welcome, no booking required).