Exhibition chronicles Chinese food history

Chesterfield's Chop Suey Chinese exhibition:   Vivi (8) and Nathan (9) of Whitecoats Primary School with Councillor Ken Huckle and Patricia Law of Chinese big Society UK.
Chesterfield's Chop Suey Chinese exhibition: Vivi (8) and Nathan (9) of Whitecoats Primary School with Councillor Ken Huckle and Patricia Law of Chinese big Society UK.
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It’s one of the nation’s favourite dishes and now visitors to Chesterfield Museum can find out more about the history of Chinese food in the UK.

The Chop Suey exhibition has opened at the weekend and is part of a wider project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The display features the stories of Chinese immigrants who came to the area as kitchen labourers between 1950 and 1970.

Visitors to the exhibition are also invited to share their memories of eating in Chinese restaurants in Chesterfield in the 1950s and 1960s.

Children from Whitecotes Primary School in Walton have been involved, learning about Chinese culture and food, including growing their own bean sprouts.

Patricia Law, chair of the Chinese Big Society UK, which has organised the exhibition with Chesterfield Council, said: “As a Chinese person in the UK, I feel it is important we know each other’s cultures, this allows us to come together and understand each other better.

“This exhibition is a great way of doing this.”

Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.