University of Leeds

University of Bradford

Wakefield Council

You Are What You Ate


Image from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Book of Hours, Calendar, January, MS. 9, f. 1v.

You Are What You Ate offers a series of free public talks by specialists in food science, history and archaeology. There is plenty of time for discussion afterwards. Speakers in the first year of the project included Chris Woolgar and Peter Brears. Some of our other talks are listed below.

The Dark Side of Eating

In 2012, we ran a series of talks at Pontefract Library based on the year's project theme of 'the dark side of eating'. All talks were followed with refreshments and a chance to see the Dark Side of Eating exhibition at Pontefract Museum. Talks included:

Wednesday 14 March 2012
'The vices and virtue of drink (17th-18th centuries)'
Speakers: Prof John Chartres and Rachael Johnson School of History, University of Leeds

Wednesday 21 March 2012
‘The dark side of diet: what skeletons can tell us about food in the past’
Speaker: Dr Alan Ogden, Research Fellow in Biological Anthropology, University of Bradford

Wednesday 28 March 2012
'It's grim up north: getting enough to eat in medieval Yorkshire'
Speaker: Prof Terry O'Connor, Archaeological Sciences at the University of York

Wednesday 25 April 2012
'Eating yourself to death: food and lifestyle in Renaissance Italy'
Speaker: Dr Alex Bamji, School of History, University of Leeds

Food for All Seasons

Our theme for the third year of the project was Food for all Seasons. Alongside our exhibition in the new Wakefield Museum on Burton Street (2013), we organised a further series of four talks linked to our theme, with speakers as follows:

Thursday 25 April 2013
'An apple a day keeps the doctor away: challenges in improving healthy eating’
Speaker: Prof Janet Cade, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds

Thursday 16 May 2013
'Selling red herrings in Venice: changing diet and global trade in the seventeenth century'
Speaker: Dr James Shaw, School of History, University of Sheffield

Thursday 6 June 2013
'A taste of history: organic gardening today'
Speaker: Robert Sherman, Horticulturalist, Garden Organic

Thursday 27 June 2013
'The secret of good beef'
Speaker: Johnny Mackey, Scottish beef farmer

And our final project talk...

23 September 2014
Flaumpens, Chewitts and Bakemetes
Speaker: Ivan Day, food historian

Please click on events for more information on all our talks and activities, or contact us