These two pictures show the displays of cereals that have been
constructed in the Garner Display area. The display on the left,
based on specimens grown in the Miller's Garden, describes the Evolution of Wheat, from the ancient wild
grasses and goat grasses, through to modern Durum Wheat and Bread
The display on the right contains three other cereals, two of
which are grown in Britain. Barley, the central item, is an
important and common cereal used for animal feed and in beer
brewing. Oats, on the left, is now less common since the demise of
the farm horse.
Rye, displayed on the right, is now very rarely grown in
Britain. However, some excavations at Coleshill Street in Sutton
Coldfield revealed the remains of an oven behind a medieval house
dating from the 13th/14th century. Although the clay dome of the
oven had collapsed, charred grains of rye were found in the oven.
It is not known whether the oven was used for baking bread or for