AS OLD AS JOURNEYS
23 May, 11 July
Imagine if Ipswich were to have its own namesake biscuit. Something delicious with the word ‘Ipswich’ clearly stamped or pricked or marked on it. Could we make the town synonymous with a great bake? Could we make the town’s identity become something you wanted more of? The Ipswich Biscuit is a project where art meets science through a public crafting of baked goods. Highly accessible as public facing, this is nonetheless a serious project combining arts, science and education in the realms of performance, food, taste, nutritional health and culture, packaging, waste, trade and history of Empire. Themes include ingredients, trade & the port, spices, sugar, nutrition, printing, packaging, journeys, food safety and more.
At this first session we will be considering biscuits in relation to heritage and place, with Think Tank Associate Professor Martin Jones.
Much of Martin’s early research asked how farming developed in prehistoric Europe, and how we could use preserved archaeological plant remains to find out. Over the last decade, he has explored a major episode in world agriculture, characterized as ‘food globalization in prehistory’. Martin is the first George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science at the University of Cambridge. Throughout his career, his research has been with ancient food, from the field to the meal table. His recent books include Feast; Why Humans Share Food, and Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA.