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 during library opening hours from 13 November – 31 December.
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. 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!