On the 6th and 7th of March 2020, the team undertook a test brewing at the Weald and Downland Museum. The museum is collaborating with the project and will host the official experiment in October 2020. The weekend was an opportunity for our brewer, Marc Meltonville, to test drive the brewing equipment which has been recreated by artisan coopers and coppersmiths to sixteenth-century specifications. We are now busily preparing for October, the experiment will be repeated using heritage grains, malted and milled using early modern methods. The entire experiment will be filmed by StoryLab at Anglia Ruskin University, under the direction of Dr Shreepali Patel. The StoryLab film will allow us to share our methods and results with the public.
On the 13th of December, Ellen presented her work on the ‘Mapping Diet’ database at the UCD School of Archaeology Research Day. The research day showcased the school’s diverse range of projects and was an opportunity for Ellen to share her experience of working on the project and to discuss the challenges and possibilities of working with a diverse and complex range of early modern archaeological data.
On 2nd and 3rd of December 2019, FoodCult joined the Shape-ID team at the Long Room Hub, TCD. Shape ID is an EU-funded project addressing the challenge of improving inter-and transdisciplinary cooperation between the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and other Sciences. Susan was delighted to share the approaches and methods of the FoodCult project, as a model for History/Humanities led interdisciplinary research.
On the 5th and 6th of September, Susan brought the FoodCult Project to Northern Ireland, contributing to a collaborative cross-border reading event hosted by Lady Dufferin at the Clandeboye Estate. The event, organised by Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, in collaboration with the Aspects Literary Festival, brought together academics from the History and English departments at Trinity College Dublin and Queens University Belfast to explore the theme ‘Food for Thought’ from an interdisciplinary perspective. Susan spoke at a public lecture on the ‘History of What we Eat and Drink’. The talk explored continuity and change in diet and food-ways through time, and challenged the audience to confront a range of dietary myths and misconceptions.