Save England's Museum of Celebrity Leftovers

Staff Writer
A couple has preserved food crumbs left behind by Britain's celebs, but now its future is unclear
The Museum of Celebrity Leftovers may close shop.
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The Museum of Celebrity Leftovers may close shop.

Where else can you see Pete Doherty's leftover pesto toastie or the Prince of Wales' bread pudding crumbs? Britain's eccentric — and remarkably famous — Museum of Celebrity Leftovers is looking for a new owner.

The Guardian's Emma Kennedy took a tour of the tiny museum, located in a Cornwall café. The owners, Michael and Francesca Bennet, were inspired to start saving the crumbs left behind by Britain's celebrities (photographer David Bailey was the first) who frequented the shop, and began to collect them to display. Now, the museum is arguably small — a shelving united with tiny domes, each containing a scrap of food and labeled for the celebrity who enjoyed it.

But now, the Bennets are looking to sell The Old Boat Café to concentrate on their artwork — and the beloved museum is looking for a buyer. No word yet on whether they've had offers (Kennedy has offered to connect Guardian readers if they would like it), but we'd sure like to see it live on.

Some of the other notable crumbs in the museum include William Tyler, a musician from the U.S. band Lambchop, and his leftover bean from breakfast, actor John Woodvine's' croissant crumbs, and comedian Hugh Dennis' egg shell used in his egg breakfast sandwich. But fair warning — some of these tidbits have gotten moldy with age.