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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Being Human: a festival of humanities - a taste of the past

19th November 2017, 11:00 to 15:10, Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Friars Street, Newcastle, NE1 4XN

Durham University is running two events as part of the Being Human, National Festival of Humanities, this November. The Festival takes place in the middle two weeks of November across the UK, involving hundreds of events showcasing humanities research in all its variety and richness.

The two events, supported by the Festival, Durham University's Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Institute of Advanced Study, take place on the 19th and 25th November. The IAS took a leading role in the early establishment of the Festival which is run from the School of Advanced Study in London.

For the full Festival programme see:

A Taste of the Past - 19 November 2017, 11.00am

Blackfriars Restaurant and Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies presents 'A Taste of the Past', a series of interactive activities, tastings, a poster exhibition and live music, all connected to medieval food. Featuring the story of the earliest medieval recipe collection, associated with Durham Cathedral, the event will look at medieval food in a wider compass: how was food sourced, prepared, preserved and eaten? What was medieval food? Working with the modern restaurant kitchen at Blackfriars brings all of this into a contemporary perspective, with insights from the restaurant bringing this cuisine to the table, and with a delicious musical accompaniment.

TIMINGS - Session 1
11:00 Welcome introduction
11:20 Musical entertainment
11:50 Talk on medieval food
12:30 Medieval food demonstration

TIMINGS - Session 2
13:00 Welcome introduction
13:20 Musical entertainment
13:50 Talk on medieval food
14:30 Medieval food demonstration

This event is free and open to the public - adults and children. If you would like to attend please email us here stating your name, contact number, number of people attending (including any children) and which session you wish to attend. Please note numbers are limited so early booking is essential. If you would like to have Sunday Lunch with please book seperately here.

For event information, please contact Giles E. M. Gasper at

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