The archive contains a number of dinner programmes, covering Annual Dinners, celebratory matches and occasions honouring the achievements of teams, players and club members.
The earliest programme in the archive dates from 1894, commemorating the Liverpool v Old Rugbeians game on 22 December that year. The most recent celebrates the 150th Anniversary Dinner on 10 November 2007. My favourite programme is a rugby ball shaped one for a dinner in honour of internationals Martin Regan and Reg Higgins at the Constitutional Club on Tithebarn Street, on 22 April 1954. There are three of these shaped programmes in the archive and each one has different autographs on the reverse.
Dinner programmes often contain the menu for the evening, a list of toasts and details of any speeches and entertainment.
Personally, I am fascinated by the food served during these dinners as I think it also shows the social history of the time. Many of the earlier menus have the French names and descriptions for the dishes, such as Petite Marmite, Timbale Milanaise and Ananas Georgette. I have no idea what these dishes actually are, but would be intrigued to see what they actually look, smell and taste like.
Vicki Caren, Project Archivist