Founded in 1997 by Hilary Westwater, MOCHA was conceived in response to the lack of an international and wholly independent museum dedicated to all aspects concerning the subject of food.

With the aid of MOCHA’s food historians and the support of many others the museum has developed gradually, putting on exhibitions as diverse as ‘Curry?’, about the arrival of curry into Britain and ‘Share a Victorian Picnic’, a display of fresh picnic food based on a 19th century painting. MOCHA has also provided information and given advice on historic recipes to manufacturers, suppliers and academics both in the UK and abroad.

Currently MOCHA is set on a course of renewed growth, developing the concept with exhibitions and displays at various locations in Britain, until a permanent MOCHA site is found to house it’s collections, exhibition galleries, library, culinary and research facilities.

MOCHA is to be held up as a beacon for all those who work with food and its allied subjects. A place where those in the industry, academics, professionals, children and families can enjoy discovering more about a subject which is important to each and everyone of us – after all the lack of food is as vital as the abundance of it.

Governing Body

The Board meets twice yearly during the Spring and Autumn in London.

The governing document is the Memorandum and Articles of Association incorporated 19th December 1997

MOCHA Museums Ltd is a company limited by guarantee.

Registered in England & Wales 3483914

The Trustees are committed to upholding the aims of MOCHA and its Charitable status as defined by the Charity Commission:

“To educate the public in culinary history and in the preparation, production and supply of food, in particular by the creation and administration of an exhibition centre housing permanent and temporary displays and a comprehensive public information service, providing facilities for research, demonstrations and lectures.”

1st September 1998

Charity registration No. 1071285

MOCHA welcomes applications from interested parties who may wish to be considered as Trustees.

Collections and Archive

MOCHA holds a modest collection of books, artefacts and ephemera related to food many of which have been donated. We are unable at this present time to acquire more items until larger approved storage facilities are found.

MOCHA has in its archive the letters and research pertaining to the ’70’s ‘Guide to Good Food Shops’, compiled by Susan Campbell. who kindly donated this extensive research along with the artefacts used by her for the illustrations in her book ‘Batterie de Cuisine’