Food Scribes, Food Lives

Dr Michael Erdman, Jessica Gregory and Dr Eleanor Jackson.

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Uncovering food in British Library manuscripts.

This is an online event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

Join three expert manuscript curators from across the British Library as they select their favourite historical food manuscripts from the collections. From medieval recipes written on vellum, to the cookery memoranda of 17th-century aristocratic women, to the varied food ingredients described within our Turkic collections, this session will examine what these items can tell us about cooking, diet, attitudes to food and how manuscripts offer wholly unique insights into food histories across time and place. Followed at 19.30 by The British Cheese Playlist (separate booking required).

Dr Michael Erdman is Curator of Turkish and Turkic collections at the British Library. He was awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy by SOAS in 2018. His doctoral research focuses on the interaction of ideology, politics, and scholarship in written historical narratives about Central Asia in both the Soviet Union and the Republic of Turkey. He is also interested in art and design in early Soviet Central Asia, the history of Turkic linguistics, and issues of identity and language among the Arabic-speaking Christian communities of Lebanon and Syria.

Jessica Gregory is Curatorial Support Officer for Modern Archives and Manuscripts at the British Library. She has recently researched our holdings of domestic cookery manuscripts in English, as well as archives relating to histories of food production, distribution and consumption in Britain from 1600 to today. She has summarised these collections online in four British Library collection guides. Her writing and reflections on British archives and manuscripts can be found on the British Library’s Untold Lives and English and Drama blogs.

Dr Eleanor Jackson is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern section of the British Library. She received her PhD in History of Art from the University of York, where her thesis focused on Insular pocket Gospel-books. Her research interests include medieval reading practices, book design and illumination. She co-devised the Great Medieval Bake Off series of blogposts on the Medieval Manuscripts blog.

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Name: Food Scribes, Food Lives
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546