Open day today with the steam engines operating. The weather gods smiled on us and we had a good response from the public. Trust Board stalwart Ann Barsby made pikelets, cooking with gas of course, and the visitors reported an enjoyable and enlightening experience.
In her lecture, Professor Helen Leach addressed the issue of why our forebears chose to cook with coal gas. Professor Leach outlined 5 factors that she believes influenced peoples decision making relating to cooking with gas. Firstly: Gas versus Coal. Gas did not become popular as a haet source until the 1890′s in Britain after [...]