Gruelling Ordeals: The Irish Workhouse Diet, 1850-1950
Monday, 12 October 2015 from 17:00 to 19:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A unique public event offering an immersive encounter with the diets of Belfast’s poorest inhabitants over 100 years ago. Join us to experience a slice of workhouse life by sampling the meals served to inmates and comparing them with the rich diets of Belfast’s middle-classes. Oatmeal gruel, broth and suet pudding will contrast with the finer diets of Belfast’s wealthy, who dined on Hunter’s Pie and exotic fruits transported from overseas.
The event will also include a series of talks and public debates focused on the topic of diet, health and medicine in working class lives. Invited speakers include Dr Ian Miller (University of Ulster) and Linda Price (Queen's University Belfast) who will offer insights into the diets of the past in order to stimulate debate about our twenty-first-century eating habits. Scientists Prof. Jayne Woodside (Queen’s University Belfast) and Dr Geraldine Cuskelly (Queen’s University Belfast), will also examine the physiological effects of consuming the diets of the Irish urban poor in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and talk more generally about the relationship between diet and healthy living. All participants are invited to join us for an informal drinks reception to close the event.
Join us for meals, both punishing and delicious, and lots of healthy discussion!
An informal drinks reception will close the event.