Coffee Club have been exploring Reading’s history by looking at biscuit tins made by the town’s world-famous biscuit makers Huntley and Palmers.
Phillipa from the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) showed them some of the highly decorative tins used to store the biscuits, which are held in the museum’s collection.
MERL has very strong links with Huntley & Palmers - they look after their archives and the museum is based in Alfred Palmer’s former home.
Thinking about biscuits was close to home for a couple of the group as they had family members who worked at the factory many years ago.
Members used the tins as inspiration to design their own biscuit tins featuring strong women; they ranged from grandmothers to women at Reading Mencap to themselves!
An important part of Coffee Club is working towards developing self-advocacy and social skills. The group stared to think about the kinds of things they struggle with, covering topics like eye contact, giving people space and time and the confidence to say if you don't understand something. Everyone is making really good progress and finding it useful to talk about these issues.
After all that hard work it’s no surprise that everyone was ready for a cup of tea and a biscuit.