Arts Faculty News
Let Them Eat Quiche: A Culinary History of Coronation Food
In conversation with The Independent Professor Rebecca Earle, from the University of Warwick said. "This is a genuine innovation. Historically, members of the public were not urged to celebrate coronations by inventing new dishes, or by recreating the menus of the official banquets. Home cooks hoping to replicate the côtelettes de bécassines à la Souvaroff served at Edward VII’s 1902 coronation would have confronted a complex recipe involving fillets of snipe, pâté, brandy and truffles,” she says.
“The method was later described in royal chef Gabriel Tschumi’s cookbook [Royal Chef: Recollections of life in royal households from Queen Victoria to Queen Mary], but it was unlikely to inspire any but the most intrepid.
“Today’s efforts to encourage us all to join in by baking a coronation quiche reflect the enormous popularity of cooking as a leisure activity, as well as the monarchy’s attempts to repackage themselves for the 21st century.”
Rules of Engagement: the Five Rules of Love in Regency England
Professor Sarah Richardson from Warwick's Department of History talks to MyScienceLink opens in a new window about the ‘Rules of love in Regency England’ with creative links to the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton.
Letting Language Lead the Way
Postgraduate, multilingual translator and communications specialist - languages alumnus Dom Johnson has been busy since leaving Warwick in 2019. After almost three years working in Geneva as a translator for Swiss Federal Railways and Swiss Post, Dom (BA Modern Languages, 2018; MA Translation and Cultures, 2019) swapped proofreading for politics, moving back to the UK after securing a role as a Communications Officer for the Green Party of England and Wales.
Processing the Pandemic III: Hope —Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emotions in the Wake of COVID19
This event is the final phase of Processing the Pandemic: a multi-year series of seminars and symposia that explore how the experiences of the past may guide society’s emotional and social responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series asks how we—as an open community of scholars, teachers, archivists, social workers, and practitioners—might learn from these experiences and from each other in transformative, inspiring, transdisciplinary ways. How can such dialogues reframe existing discussions around the history of emotions, our responses to trauma, and how we navigate from loss to hope? Moreover, how can the study of peoples’ responses to traumatic events in the past and present help guide our own experience of the pandemic and its unfolding future?
Ghost Town Project
Professor Helen Wheatley, School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures, Centre for Television Histories, talks about her research into television history. Her Ghost Town project takes programmes made in and about Coventry out of TV archives and explores how they captured the life of the city. Programmes from the television archive have been screened throughout the city, helping communities to learn about Coventry’s past and have conversations about its present and future. Find out more about the Ghost Town project: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/cityofcul...Link opens in a new window
Celebrating the (Extra)Ordinary
Congratulations to recent graduate Freya Rowson (BA History, 2021; MA Film and Television, 2022) who has won the [Extra]Ordinary Portraits competition. The competition, created by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in partnership with the Royal School of Drawing, asked young people to learn about someone affected by the Holocaust, genocide, or identity-based persecution and create a portrait of them.
Freya chose to paint Rudolf Brazda, the last known concentration camp survivor deported by Nazi Germany on charges of homosexuality. Hers was one of only two competition entries chosen to be exhibited and is being displayed alongside portraits of genocide survivors taken by renowned photographer and competition judge Rankin.
A World of Views
First-class Classics graduate and Senior Policy Advisor, Dillon Patel (BA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, 2017) shares how Warwick shaped his thinking, the power of soft skills, and how the past isn’t so dissimilar from the present day.
What went wrong with Britain's National Health Service?
Professor Roberta Bivins from University of Warwick's Centre for the History of MedicineLink opens in a new window talks to NPR's Philip Reeves as he reports on why Britain's National Health Service is living through what some see as the worst crisis in its history.
Cosmati Pavement: Coronation
For more than 150 years kings, queens and cardinals have been among the few people permitted to tread on one of Britain’s greatest treasures: a medieval mosaic foretelling the end of the world.
Made with rare marbles, glass and gemstones, the Cosmati Pavement in Westminster Abbey is the exact spot on which British monarchs have been crowned for centuries.
Days after the coronation of the King, the 700-year-old artwork will be opened to the public for the first time — on condition that they remove their shoes.
Professor Jennifer Alexander, an art historian at Warwick University, said the pavement tours would “certainly be a rare opportunity for the public to walk in the footsteps of medieval kings”.
She said it was “entirely fitting that they should be barefoot, as medieval pilgrims to St Edward’s shrine would have been”.
Bank transfer checks out
First class graduate Fay Inverarity (BA German Studies, 2021; MA Translation and Cultures, 2022) is translating her academic passions into a budding career after securing a place on Barclays’ Retail Banking Graduate Scheme.