A Scout Troop eagerly await their food at a party in January 1961 © The Box, Plymouth.

A Scout Troop eagerly await their food at a party in January 1961 © The Box, Plymouth.

‘Your Recipes, Your Heritage’ is a two-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to delve into Plymouth’s recipe books to help create a series of heritage-themed menus for the local meals on wheels service run by CaterED.

The menus will be specifically developed for older people, particularly those who live on their own and may be feeling lonely or experiencing some form of social isolation.

Longer-term, the project also hopes to deliver some new educational resources based on The Box’s historic collections, designed for older people to use in their own homes.

Deputy Leader, Councillor Peter Smith said: “There are thousands of people aged over 65 in Plymouth who live alone and many of them have little or no contact with family, friends or neighbours.

“This fantastic outreach project will provide a lifeline for some of them by developing menus that remind them of happy times. It will also create valuable opportunities for people of all ages to share their memories and explore the history and changing fashions of our eating habits over the last few decades.”

The Plympton Women's Voluntary Service Meals on Wheels, March 1960 © The Box, Plymouth

The Plympton Women’s Voluntary Service Meals on Wheels, March 1960 © The Box, Plymouth

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, either sweet or savoury, you can submit it here.

It may be something scribbled down on a piece of paper and kept for years, a family favourite that’s been passed down through generations, or simply a much-loved meal that’s gone out of fashion. The project is also collecting information about what people consider to be ‘local’ foods. Hogs Pudding is one example but there may be many more.

You can submit images via the web page too and pictures of handwritten recipes are especially welcome.

You can also use the web page to share any significant memories you have of food or eating out in Plymouth and stay up to date with further project announcements and events.