I took a ten year gap between my BA (in English Literature and History at Leicester Polytechnic) and my MA (Heritage Management, Ironbridge Institute). After which my varied career in all aspects of university administration continued for another few years. Having been made redundant from English Heritage, I decided to go for the PhD. I am self funded, which is a challenge.
I have worked as a food historian, writing articles, giving cookery demonstrations and lecturing on a number of topics. For a few years I worked with a chocolate company and researched and lectured on the history of chocolate. Now my main culinary interest is in all things apple-related, and in Victorian cookery.
I have completed chapters on the Wassailing tradition and related folk ceremonies, on the economic place of the apple, on the cultural importance and symbolism of orchards in the Victorian imagination, and now I'm working on gendered representations of apples. I have one more chapter - on apple growers and the Royal Pomological Society - left to write.
I have presented at/to:
The Oxford Food Symposium
The Herbal History Research Network Conference
Cambridge Plant Heritage Society
Many different Garden Clubs, Rotary Clubs, The WI and U3A groups
Trumpington Community Orchard supporters
Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions
Essex Postgraduate History Conference 'Scandalous Histories.'
Scotsdales Garden Centre staff and customers
BAVS 2016 conference
The IHR workshops
I am interested in all things apple related, and I help to run a community orchard in Trumpington. Cambridge. Take a look at our website and Facebook page.
Trumpington Community Orchard Project website
Trumpington Orchard Facebook page
If you have any apple information, please get in touch.