Jacob’s Biscuit Factory: An Assorted History

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory: An Assorted History


Jacobs Biscuit Factory was founded by William and Robert Jacob in Bridge Street Waterford in 1851 and later moved to Bishop Street, Dublin and then expanded further into Liverpool in England. An exploration of the history of the factory, its workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life has been created using beautifully illustrated panels by Dublin City Library and Archive. The exhibition is now visiting Waterford, the birthplace of Jacobs, and will be available to view at Central Library, Lady Lane Waterford.

Find out about the fascinating history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers, and staff.

The exhibition will be launched by Councillor Declan Doocey, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council on Wednesday 5th December at 6pm and Wendy Williams who worked on the exhibition will be giving a talk about the exhibiton and some of the exciting finds from the Jacobs collection. All are welcome to attend the launch and will even have a chance to taste their Jacob’s memory with a taste of Kimbery, Mikado and Coconut Creams available on the night!

This exhibition was developed by Dublin City Archives and funded by Dublin City Council Decade of Commemorations. It includes an impressive time-line showing the changing faces of Jacob’s biscuit labels throughout the decades- which decade was your Jacobs decade?

You can share your Jacobs memory or favourite labels by contacting Waterford Council on Twitter (@WaterfordCounci) using #jacobsassorted.  In particular Dublin City Library and Archive are gathering stories of the after-life of Jacob’s biscuit tins. What did you keep in the tin or box, once all the biscuits were eaten? For example; spare parts for the first Aer Lingus plane Iolar were carried in a Jacob’s tin!

Exhibition General Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10.00 -17.30.
Closed for Christmas period 21st December 2018 until 27th December 2018

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