Event type
Food History
Event dates
, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
IHR North American History Room, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Anne Murcott (SOAS/ University of Nottingham)
020 7862 8740
Alongside the growing literature on the sociology of food, the history of food is longer established adding to a field in which the humanities and social sciences are contributing and collaborating at an increasing pace. Part and parcel of this growth, the range of topics tackled is wide: food and memory, eating out, food insecurity, meal patterns and so much more. In particular, the movement of people and their cuisines along with massive volumes of imports/exports in ever lengthening food chains around the globe is a recurrent theme.

What is conspicuous by its absence, however, is any curiosity about what the foods are moved round the world in. Yet without food packaging - the tin cans, the cardboard, the glass and above all, the plastic - the global food supply would look completely different. This amply illustrated presentation seeks first to demonstrate how the place of food packaging may be studied and second to propose that its continuing history and development is also the history of many other related phenomena such as food shopping or nutritional labelling, transport and its mechanisation, innovations in material science or the use of food-safe printing inks, design, advertising and branding.