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 27 June 2013
'The secret of good beef'
Speaker: Johnny Mackey, Scottish beef farmer
And our final project talk...