One hundred years of Haigh’s Chocolates goes on show today at the State Library of South Australia with original packaging, chocolate moulds, memorabilia, photographs and tales from a century of delicious chocolate making.
The exhibition Enjoyed for Generations – 100 Years of Fine Chocolate is one of Haigh’s signature events during this year of centenary celebrations.
Many of the items on display, including chocolate boxes sold over 80 years ago, have only been discovered throughout the last three years during which Haigh’s archivist Pam has been focused on collecting, organising and preserving the story of Haigh’s Chocolates.
The exhibition begins from the day Alfred Haigh opened the doors of the first store in the Beehive Building in May 1915.
It affords a ‘behind-the-scenes’ glance of Haigh’s and what is important to the family and the business; its people, sustainable practices, artisanal skills and the making of chocolate from the raw cocoa bean. There is also an interactive element that enables visitors to see, learn about and smell the raw materials used in chocolate making.
To begin with this travelling exhibition will be located in the Ante Room at the Institute Building of the State Library of South Australia, North Terrace from 2nd July to 26th July 2015, before visiting Sydney and Melbourne.
Highlights of the exhibition will then visit Jamestown and Mount Gambier where Alfred Haigh lived and worked.