Glass Tank explores the life, work and influence of Jane Grigson

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Jane Grigson

The Glass Tank at Oxford Brookes will open its next exhibition titled ‘Jane Grigson: Good Things’ on Monday 9 March.

Jane Grigson, who died in March 1990, remains one of the UK’s most highly regarded food writers. This exhibition will explore her life, work and influence through extracts from research notes, articles and books, some of which are from the Jane Grigson Collection in Oxford Brookes’ Special Collections’ Library.

Jane Grigson holds a special place in British cultural life. Her meticulously researched, beautifully constructed prose is as relevant today as when it was first published

Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University

One of the most distinguished food writers of the 20thCentury, Jane Grigson is renowned as an accomplished and entertaining educator in the realm of food writing. Geraldene Holt, Chairman of the Jane Grigson Trust, said: “Her clear and graceful style, which is always a joy to read, with its emphasis on locating food and cooking in its historical and literary context, has given Grigson a distinctive and illustrious place in English literature.

“Above all, Jane Grigson’s work reminds us that how we regard food is the most important aspect of life itself. She shows us time and time again, with characteristic warmth and wit, that food and eating are the source of lasting pleasure and joyful celebration.”

Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management and co-curator of the exhibition commented: “Jane Grigson holds a special place in British cultural life. Her meticulously researched, beautifully constructed prose is as relevant today as when it was first published. I hope this exhibition introduces her work to a new audience including students who may be developing an interest in the food we eat and what it reveals about our place in the world”.                   

The exhibition has been brought to Oxford Brookes University in partnership with the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme and in conjunction with the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.

The exhibition will run in the Glass Tank, in the Abercrombie Building of the Headington Campus, until 2 April. Admission to the exhibition is free and open to all members of the public. 

More information about upcoming exhibitions in the Glass Tank can be found on the Glass Tank events page.