The British Museum of Food returned with its first major exhibition, just right for the summer.

Welcome to SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, a celebratory show that explored the past, present and future of ice cream.


No ordinary museum exhibit, SCOOP brought your favourite dessert to life in a total sensory immersion: visitors experienced ice cream weather, ate glow-in-the-dark ice cream, learnt about the neuroscience of the frozen treat and explored the dark side of desserts.

When was it on?

Summer 2018


Gasholders London,

Kings Cross

Map here

SCOOP's premiere in summer 2018 coincided with the 300th anniversary of Mary Eales’ Receipts (1718), the first printed volume to feature ice cream in an English publication. Eales claims to have sold confectionary at the court of Queen Anne. The same year also marked the 399th anniversary of the first ice house built in Britain (to make ice cream) in Greenwich Park by order of James 1.

The exhibition centred on the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, featuring vintage equipment, service-ware, advertising, art and music drawn from 14,000 items collected over 40 years by Robin and Caroline Weir, authors of the award-winning book "Ice Creams Sorbets and Gelati The Definitive Guide" from Grub Street Publishers.

A special feature focused on the life and ingenuity of Agnes B. Marshall, known in Victorian times as the Queen of Ices. Far ahead of her time, Marshall wrote several successful cook books, patented an ice cream machine and even suggested using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream as early as the late 1800s. Guests to SCOOP went back in time to try some of Agnes's favourite recipes.

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