Great History Bake-off

Great History Bake-off

Great History Bake-off

Wednesday 12th September 2018 (1-2pm onsite)

Museum of Ancient Cultures and online

In celebration of two of our favourite things, food and history, the Museum of Ancient Cultures will be hosting our first ‘Ancient History Bake-Off’ on Wednesday 12th September 2018!

Get involved! We’re inviting students, schools groups, cultural institutions and history-loving individuals to join in online or at the museum and show us your historic cooking skills. We’d love to see people cooking with historic recipes or a creation inspired by history. You could make a honey cake enjoyed by Greek Olympians or a Roman nut tart. Perhaps you’ve come across a great apple pie recipe in a 100-year-old newspaper article, instructions for the first Anzac biscuits or a sponge cake recipe from your favourite house museum. If you want to get creative, you could try creating a baked version of your favourite museum object or archaeological site. A Pantheon cake anyone? Or try making a gingerbread version of one of our objects – a Sumerian tablet – and learn a little about cuneiform on the way!

We'll also be using the event to raise funds for the RSPCA in honour of our exhibition, Animals in Ancient Cultures.

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Tell us how you did it!


  • Your creation could include anything of historical/ archaeological/ museological/ cultural heritage significance from across the world and cultures
  • Photos – make sure to snap some pictures showing: a) preparation, b) the finished product and c) the product being shared with others
  • Whether you are joining us on the day in person or online – please share pics of your creations using the hashtag #GreatHistoryBakeOff
  • If you are joining us at the museum on the day, we’ll ask all participating chefs to tell us the story of their creation - what was the inspiration and why it is historic!
  • No alcohol (sorry home-brewers)
  • Please share your recipe with us! Send your recipe and pictures to so we can compile a delicious ancient cookbook of your creations.

Judging Criteria

There will be 2 categories: (1) ancient recipes and (2) edible artefacts. All entries will be awarded points for:

  • Taste
  • Historical accuracy
  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Food puns

Get inspired!

There are plenty of recipe books and blogs online to help inspire you. If you have any suggestions send them to us: or Tweet us @MACmuseumMQ

Take a look at the Twitter thread that inspired the #GreatHistoryBakeOff where some of our Twitter friends shared their adventures in historical cooking. You’ll find recipes for Viking bread (thanks @sayraphim!), cooking from ancient Babylonian recipes (thanks for sharing @cakehelmit), and the concept of ‘Sconehenge’ from our friends at Cambridge University Museums. You could explore the possibilities of the Biodiversity Heritage Library collection, the recipes available in the Australian Women’s Weekly issues available through Trove or Sydney Living Museums’ extensive list of tasty options (Pirate’s Delight and Mrs Nisbett’s ginger cake sound amazing).

People’s Choice Award will include onsite and online entries using the hashtag #GreatHistoryBakeOff

Content owner: Museum Last updated: 07 Nov 2019 1:32pm

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