On Location: Material Space and Literary Production c.1500-1651

On Thursday 23 June, Charlie will present findings from FoodCult’s research into Irish household accounts at the ‘On Location’ conference,  hosted by Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. The conference examines the connection between material space and literary production, and his paper is entitled ‘Food and power at Dublin Castle: reading the household accounts of a sixteenth-century viceroy’.

See the conference schedule and find registration details here.

2022-06-16T10:16:19+00:0016 June 2022|News|

The History of Poitin- FoodCult research in the Sunday Independent

FoodCult research on early modern drink has featured in a great article on the history of Irish poitin. The article written by Chrissie Russell for the Sunday Independent explores the evolution of the drink through time, and the reasons for its current popularity. We were delighted to share our insights on the development of distillation in the sixteenth century.

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2022-06-13T16:35:40+00:0013 June 2022|Media, News|

Food and History Journal- New Article

Delighted to announce the publication of a new open access article in Food and History. The article, “Food and Social Politics in Early Modern Ireland”, is a deep analysis of fictional representations of food in Gaelic Ireland. It demonstrates the acceptance and interpretation of broader cultural food ideas in early modern Ireland. The article received an honourable mention by the jury for the the  Food and History biennial prize.

Read the article

2022-06-13T16:38:07+00:0012 June 2022|News, Publications, Results|

International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany Annual Conference 2022

On 16th June 2022 Meriel will present new findings from the ‘Mapping Diet’ work-package at the 19th Conference of the International Workgroup for Palaeoethnobotany,  held in České Budějovice. The paper, entitled “Foodways in Flux”, will explore the nature and meaning of foodways in early modern Ireland based on a  survey of archaeobotanical remains from more than 50 excavations across the island.

Register here

2022-06-12T18:44:44+00:0012 June 2022|News|

Myrtle Allen Memorial Lecture

We are delighted to announce that Susan will give the keynote lecture at the first annual Myrtle Allen memorial event. This will take place on 12th May at UCC. The event will also feature taster presentations from Postgraduate students in Irish Food Culture. All are welcome.

Register for this event

2022-05-03T09:04:01+00:003 May 2022|News|

Isotope News

We are excited to welcome Dr Alice Rose to the project.  Alice is a bioarchaeologist specialising in the isotopic analysis of archaeological skeletal remains. Before joining the FoodCult project, Alice completed her PhD and a Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of the ‘After the Plague: Health and History in Medieval Cambridge’ project at the University of Cambridge. Alice will work at Durham University, with Prof Janet Montgomery and Dr Darren Gröcke, on the isotope component of the project. Human remains have already been sampled from a range of 14 burial sites relating to the early modern period. These include Carrickmines, Clogh Oughter and King John’s Castle. We look forward to sharing some exciting results.

2022-01-28T16:32:24+00:0028 January 2022|News|

Collaboration with Warminster Maltings

As part of the brewing project, we developed some very exciting collaborations. One of these with Warminster Maltings, who made malt for the experiment. Bere barley was shipped to Warminster from Orkney and then malted using traditional floor malting techniques before being delivered to the brewers at the Weald and Downland Museum. Warminster’s pride themselves on using authentic historic methods and the malt produced was as close as we could get to a sixteenth-century equivalent.

• Read about this exciting collaboration

2021-09-21T14:25:21+00:0021 September 2021|News|