It’s one of the nation’s favourite dishes and now visitors to Chesterfield Museum can find out more about the history of Chinese restaurants in the UK.
The Chop Suey exhibition opens at the museum this Saturday, May 25.
The Heritage Lottery funded project was developed by the Chinese Big Society UK and features the stories of Chinese immigrants who came to the local area as kitchen labourers between 1950 and 1970.
The aim of the project is to record these stories and make sure they are available for future generations. Visitors to the exhibition are also invited to share their memories of eating in Chinese restaurants in Chesterfield in the 50s and 60s.
The project also involved children from Whitecotes Primary School in Walton who worked with the Chinese Big Society to learn about Chinese culture and food, including growing their own bean sprouts.
Cllr Ken Huckle, Chesterfield Borough Council’s assistant member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “Most of us have visited Chinese restaurants but few of us will have considered the stories of the people who have prepared the food for us.
“This exhibition allows us to learn more about the heritage and culture of Chinese people both in Chesterfield and the UK.”
Patricia Law, chair of the Chinese Big Society UK added “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 and we thoroughly enjoyed working with the children of Whitecotes Primary School to share our stories and culture with them.”
Chesterfield Museum is open each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.