Eating History

Researcher Laura Mansfield is looking for enthusiastic home cooks and people with experience in the commercial food industry  to take part in a new project called ‘Eating History’.
Participants will be invited to look at and discuss a selection of recipes from the Home Studies Collection held at MMU Special Collections. The collection contains over 700 historical recipe books, household manuals, national food surveys and commercial catalogues relating to the preparation, serving and eating of food over the past 200 years.

‘Eating History’ aims to join the historical collection with contemporary voices, developing conversations around popular recipes, ingredients and methods of food preparation that are in use today. The conversations will form part of the project website and will contribute to a final party where all the dishes and recipes that have been discussed throughout the research process will be made and shared by those who have participated in the project.

‘Eating History’ has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. To get involved in the project please contact Laura at


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