University of Leeds

University of Bradford

Wakefield Council

You Are What You Ate

Food lessons from the past

This project offers a wide variety of activities from talks to workshops and exhibitions to tastings and school events.

Cooking at Pontefract Castle, July 2010

Upcoming events

  • From 07/03/2015 - Exhibition, Health: looking at life from cradle to grave, Leeds and Wakefield
  • 09/03/2015 - Talk, Health through time: healthy lifestyle, mental health and healthy aging, Dr IonaMcCleery, Dr Mike Finn and Dr Jamie Stark, Leeds Central Library
  • 19/03/2016 - Be Curious Festival, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
  • 04/07/2016 to 07/07/2016 - International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds

Past events: 2013/4

  • 10/12/2015 - Feast and Famine: Medieval Food in Season, Talk, Dr Iona McCleery, Leeds Central Library
  • 17/12/2015 - Feast and Famine: Medieval Food in Season, Talk, Dr Iona McCleery, Brotherton Library
  • 09/10/2015 - Illuminating the Middle Ages, Light Night, Parkinson Court, University of Leeds
  • 03/11/2014 to spring 2015 - Interactive travelling museum, Pontefract Library
  • 23/09/2014 - Talk, Ivan Day, Flaumpens, Chewitts and Bakemetes, Castleford Forum Museum
  • 10/09/2014 - Talk, Dr Annie Gray, From Methelgin to Murder: alcoholic beverages in Restoration England, Wakefield Museum
  • 13/07/2014 - Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Pontefract town centre
  • 04/07/2014 to 31/10/2014 - Interactive travelling museum, Hemsworth Library
  • 05/04/2014 to 28/06/2014 - Interactive travelling museum, Featherston Library
  • 22/02/2014 - Cooking demonstrations & children's activity, Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb, Wakefield
  • 18/12/2013 - Talk, Dr Annie Gray, Christmas Dinner: from Edward I to Edward VII, Wakefield Museum
  • 11/12/2013 - Display of medieval pots opens at Wakefield Museum
  • 26/10/2013 - Talk/workshop, Eileen White and Christine Alvin, 'Cooking through history: food and health from the 15th to 19th centuries', University of Leeds
  • 17/10/2013 to 14/01/2014 - Interactive travelling museum, South Elmsall Library
  • 02/03/2013 to 29/09/2013 - Exhibition 'Food for all seasons', Wakefield Museum
  • 22/08/2013 - 'Eat well, play well', free family event, Wakefield Museum
  • 06/08/2013 - 'Aromatic Art', free family event, Wakefield Museum
  • 31/07/2013 - 'Kitchen creative', free family event, Wakefield Museum
  • 24/07/2013 - 'Fruitiful beautiful', free family activity, Wakefield Museum
  • 14/07/2013 - Festival stall and children's activity, Pontefract Liquorice Festival
  • 04/07/2013 - Cooking demonstrations & children's activity, 'Making Leeds Medieval', University of Leeds
  • 03/07/2013 - Talk & food demonstration, Ivan Day, 'The Triumph of the Mould', Wakefield Museum
  • 27/06/2013 - Talk, Johnny Mackey, 'The secret of good beef', Wakefield Museum
  • 22/06/2013 - 'Diet, health and growth', Bone Workshop, University of Bradford (fully booked)
  • 06/06/2013 - Talk, Bob Sherman, 'A taste of history: organic gardening today', Wakefield Museum
  • 30/05/2013 - 'Oats, peas, beans and barley grow', children's workshops, Wakefield Museum
  • 18/05/2013 - Medieval food & fun, Kirkgate Market, Leeds
  • 17/05/2013 - Talk & food tastings, Dr Annie Gray, 'Flatulence and Phlegm: cooking with herbs and salad in seventeenth century England'
  • 16/05/2013 - Talk, Dr James Shaw, 'Selling red herrings in Venice: changing diet and global trade in the seventeenth century', Wakefield Museum
  • 27/04/2013 - 'Diet, health and growth', Bone Workshop, University of Bradford
  • 25/04/2013 - Talk, Prof Janet Cade, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away: challenges in improving healthy eating', Wakefield Museum
  • 11/04/2013 - Gingerbread-delicious, children's workshops, Learning Zone and Wakefield Museum, Wakefield
  • 23/03/2013 - 'Diet, health and growth', Bone Workshop, University of Bradford: postponed to 22 June
  • 09/03/2013 - Medieval food and fun: cooking demonstration and children's activity, Wakefield Museum
  • 23/02/2013 - Festival stall & children's activity, Food Drink and Rhubarb Festival, central Wakefield

Past events: 2012

  • 15/12/2012 - Food stall with cooking demonstration and children's activity, Castleford Outdoor Market
  • 17/11/2012 - 'Medieval menus', free family activity, Wakefield Museum @ Wakefield One (Burton Street)
  • 03/03/2012 to 29/09/2012 - Exhibition 'The Dark Side of Eating', Pontefract Museum
  • 15/09/2012 - Historic Food Day, Clarke Hall, Wakefield
  • 19/08/2012 - Children's activity at 'Playfest', Eureka Children's Museum, Halifax
  • 08/07/2012 - Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Pontefract town centre
  • 26/05/2012 - Festival stall, Leeds Loves Food, Millennium Square, Leeds
  • 28/04/2012 - 'Diet, death and disease', Bone Workshop, University of Bradford
  • 25/04/2012 - Talk, Dr Alex Bamji, 'Eating yourself to death: food and lifestyle in Renaissance Italy'
  • 11/04/2012 - 'Chocolate!', free children's event, Sandal Castle
  • 13/04/2012 - 'Medieval Banquet', free children's event, Pontefract Castle
  • 28/03/2012 - Talk, Prof Terry O'Connor, 'It's grim up north: getting enough to eat in medieval Yorkshire'
  • 21/03/2012 - Talk, Dr Alan Ogden, 'The dark side of diet: what skeletons can tell us about food in the past'
  • 19/03/2012 - Workshop, Dr Annie Gray, 'Tasty titbits: a sweet little taste of the past'
  • 14/03/2012 - Talk, Prof John Chartres & Rachel Johnson, 'The vices and virtue of drink (17th-18th centuries)'
  • 18/02/2012 - Project talk by Dr Iona McCleery at the West Yorkshire Heritage Forum
  • 25/02/2012 - Medieval Food Event, Sandal Castle, Wakefield
  • 26/02/2012 - Festival stall & children's activity, Food Drink and Rhubarb Festival, central Wakefield
  • Past events: 2011

    • 17/12/2011 - Medieval Winter, Pontefract Castle
    • 19/11/2011 - Food demonstration and stall, Castleford Outdoor Market
    • 15/11/2011 - Talk, Dr Iona McCleery, 'The Royal Stomach: 'healthy' eating for medieval kings', Otley Court House (as part of the Otley Science Festival)
    • 25/10/2011 - 'Medieval spice mash-up!, free children's workshops, Wakefield Museum
    • 05/03/2011 to 01/10/2011 - Exhibition ‘Sugar and Spice and all Things Nice’, Wakefield Museum
    • 11/08/2011 - 'How does your garden grow?', free family workshop, Wakefield Museum
    • 12/08/2011 - 'Messy Medieval mud, free family workshop, Wakefield Museum
    • 18/08/2011 - 'Medieval spicy collage', free family workshop, Wakefield Museum
    • 24/08/2011 - 'Illuminating Medieval food', free family workshop, Wakefield Museum
    • 02/07/2011 - Leeds Loves Food Festival, Millennium Square, Leeds
    • 10/07/2011 - Pontefract Liquorice Festival, Pontefract town centre
    • 11/06/2011 - Historic Food Day, Clarke Hall, Wakefield
    • 04/06/2011 - Weekend Bone Workshop, University of Bradford
    • 02/06/2011 - 'Middle Age Spread' children's workshop, Airedale Library
    • 01/06/2011 - Family day, Wakefield centre
    • 01/06/2011 - 'Delicious Desserts' children's workshop, Sandal Castle
    • 18/05/2011 - Mid-week Bone Workshop, University of Bradford
    • 07/04/2011 - Talk, Peter Brears, ‘Sugar and Sweets in Tudor Times’, Leeds City Museum
    • 22/03/2011 - Talk, Chris Woolgar, ‘From Master Chef to Pudding Wife: Cultures of Cooking in Late Medieval England’, University of Leeds
    • 22/02/2011 to 25/02/2011 - Children's half-term activities in Wakefield
    • 25/02/2011 & 26/02/2011 - Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, central Wakefield

    Past events: 2010