BE THE BOLUS : THE PERISTALTIC EXPERIENCE
Ever wondered what happens to the food you swallow? Now you can be the food and follow its journey deep into the human body.
In this cinematic journey, you’ll become the food as it passes through the mouth, down into the oesophagus, into the stomach, past the pyloric sphincter and into the large intestine.
Using the technological marvels of modern medicine, we’ve used the footage from a surgical pill-cam to illustrate exactly what you could see if you were on the end of a fork!
Special thanks to SynMed and the Department of Gastroenterology at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
A room full of chocolate like you’ve never imagined, full of transporting chocolate-inspired soundscapes that evoke some of the most important ways in which chocolate impacts our lives.
Grab a piece of chocolate, and tell us how it tastes as you’re transported to different chocolate worlds through the power of sound – you’ll be contributing to an important research project.
ATELIER OF FLAVOUR
Spread around the British Museum of Food, you’ll find artwork that represents unusual views of food and drink. From highly detailed, close-up views that look like alien landscapes, to sculptures that look good enough to eat, we invite you to think again about some of the things that you put in your mouths.
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Much of the food we eat depends on pollination to propogate, but bees tend to get all the glory. Other animals, such as bats, hummingbirds and insects such as butterflies also play a key role in perpetuating the food chain through pollination – and are often just as much under threat as bees.
For that reason we’re celebrating the role of these undervalued pollinators with a tropical butterfly walk-through experience. As well as being an enchanting space, it communicates a key message about the importance of maintaining the fine balance of the environment in order that the habitats of these creatures are protected so they can continue to pollinate.
THE BRITISH MENU ARCHIVE
The British Menu Archive showcases the nation’s historic and contemporary menus on an unprecedented scale.
Menus are a staple of our culinary life, but are a typically ephemeral part of the dining experience, normally binned and forgotten after their short lives are over. The British Menu Archive is an attempt to right that wrong, and to create an unrivalled historical resource into global food and drink trends, putting the humble menu on a pedestal for the first time.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITS
The initial exhibits at the British Museum of Food at Borough Market gave a taste of the experience we hope our permanent museum can perpetuate, with a series of exciting immersive and interactive exhibits.
The British Museum of Food will showcase the most exciting elements of food, drawing together the history, evolution, science, art, sociology and contemporary trends of food, presenting it in exciting new ways.