Portillo's TV journey brings him to Reading Museum
PUBLISHED: 01:16 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:36 20 February 2013
Writer and broadcaster Michael Portillo visitd Huntley and Palmers Gallery at Reading Museum, set to feature in the forthcoming series of his Great Railway Journeys programme for BBC1.
The arrival of the Great Western railway in Reading contributed to rapid development of the towns biscuit industry and allowed goods to reach 130 countries.
Community Curator, Brendan Carr said: To a large extent the foundations of modern Reading are built upon the international success of the biscuit factory and we field a great number of enquiries from all over the world.
During filming, Portillo was able to see the biscuit from Captain Scotts ill fated journey to the South Pole and sampled a Long Jamaican biscuit made to the original Victorian recipe.
The Huntley & Palmers Gallery at Reading Museum is open daily: Tuesday to Saturday, 10-4pm; Sunday 11- 5pm.