Heritage hospitality

For a little while now, I have been using the hashtag #heritagehospitality to capture instances of food, drink, hospitality locations and illustrations which have used or highlighted a historical context to provide a level of place authenticity, or quality (in all its construed forms). I have also occasionally flagged actual historical illustrations of food or hospitality.

Parks Canada have their own twist on heritage hospitality, with an entire webpage devoted to Heritage Chocolate, via a commercial sponsorship association with the Historic Division of Mars, which has created Heritage Chocolate for use at the organisation’s historic sites.

It is interesting to note that the Parks Canada ‘red chair’ features on the Mars website, as we are encouraged to support education by eating chocolate.

Advertising on Guidebooks

1933

1933

The back cover of my 1933 guide to Caernarvon Castle has a full page advert for ‘Selo Roll Film’. (Compare this with a 1937 advert for the same product.) Clearly visitors to Caernarfon would be using portable cameras to capture their adverts.

This was a guide published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office and so the advert seemed surprising.

1989

1989

But then I spotted that my 1989 reprinted 1987 English Heritage guide to Longthorpe Tower carried a mention of Gateway Foodmarkets Ltd. My other ‘white’ English Heritage guides do not mention Gateway. So where else did this sponsorship appear?