We are delighted to announce the publication of an article on the project’s aims and methods in the first issue of the new European Journal of Food, Drink and Society. Congratulations to Michelle Share, Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire and Dorothy Cashman on a wonderful initiative, and the team looks forward to making further contributions to the journal in the future.
On January 8th, Dr Meriel McClatchie will discuss ‘Investigating ancient foodways through environmental archaeology’ with The Royal Society of Antiquities of Ireland. Meriel’s paper will feature some interesting new findings in relation to fruit consumption in early modern Ireland, as revealed by the FoodCult database. It will also explore the benefits of interdisciplinary research for historians and archaeologists.
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We are delighted to announce that Dr Charlie Taverner has joined the FoodCult team. Charlie is a social historian of early modern Europe, with expertise in food and cities. He completed his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, and held the Economic History Society’s Anniversary Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research until 2021. Charlie will work specifically on Workpackage 1: Food Microhistories, exploring diet through household accounts. He brings a wealth of expertise and energy to the project and we are delighted to welcome him onboard.
Today, 30th November 2020, Susan, Meriel and Ellen will talk and the project and our recent progress as part of the Early Modern History Research Seminar Series at the Long Room Hub. Attendance is free but you must register.
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.