Article Posted: 05 November 2014

All Over the World: 200 Years of Colman's Mustard
At the Forum in the Fusion Screen: Mon 10 - Sat 22 Nov
10am-4.30pm (closed Sundays and Friday 14th November)


On May 7th 1814, the Norfolk Chronicle announced that Jeremiah Colman had taken the stock and trade of a mustard mill in Stoke Holy Cross. 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of the brand that Jeremiah founded, known today simply as “Colman’s”. The display plots the key points that metamorphosed this small, family-run business. Spectators can learn about wartime Colman’s, the role of mustard in medicine and food history, the company’s revolutionary attitudes towards advertising and its worldwide impact. 


Did you know that Captain Robert Falcon Scott set sail for the South Pole in 1901 with a ton and a half of Colman’s English mustard on board? Or that mustard baths were considered beautifiers of the skin? Discover more fascinating facts about Colman’s in All Over the World: 200 Years of Colman’s Mustard at the Fusion Screen in The Forum from 10th-22nd November, 10am-4:30pm. Closed Sundays and Friday 14 November.


A series of free talks and events will complement the display.


FREE talk in the Fusion Screen gallery

Tue 11 Nov - 12pm-1pm

Researching your Family History

Victoria Draper, Archive Education and Outreach Officer from the Norfolk Record Office, will deliver a talk on family history research. Victoria will use examples from the Colman family and its workers to illustrate how archivists unveil the past.

FREE Colman's Craft Day in the Children's Library

Sun 16 Nov - 11am - 1pm & 2.30pm - 3.45pm

Colman’s Mustard Shop and Museum will be delivering a day of craft activities in the children’s library. Participants can make an origami box, do some colouring in and guess the contents of ‘feely’ boxes.

FREE talk in the Fusion Screen gallery

Tue 18 Nov - 12pm-1pm  

Your First World War family: researching home front and military ancestors

Join Elizabeth Budd, Second Floor Manager at Norfolk County Council, as she demonstrates how archivists research and unveil World War I family history.

FREE talk in the Millennium Library Heritage Centre   

Wed 19 Nov - 12.30pm-1.30pm

The Industries of Norwich

Nick Williams, best-selling author of Norwich: City of Industries will deliver a talk that focuses on Norwich’s industrial heritage. This will include the textile, shoe, brewing and food industries. 

FREE talk in the Fusion Screen gallery

Wed 19 Nov - 1.30pm-2.30pm

Behind the Scenes: Managing Brand Advertising Archives for the Nation

The History of Advertising Trust manage the archives for some of the UK’s most prominent brands, with clients including H J Heinz & Co Ltd UK and Hovis.

Join Chloe Veale, Director of the History of Advertising Trust, for a ‘behind the scenes’ talk on managing the Nation’s brand archives.