Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

Savoury mince pies

January 4th, 2017

Mary-Anne Boermans sought inspiration from some traditional recipes in the historical recipe manuscripts in the Wellcome Library. Here’s her take on the original mince pies:

“Mince Pies have been a staple of the festive season for centuries and have survived to this day, although in a very heavily edited form compared to yesteryear.”

“They are thought to date back as far as the 13th century, when returning crusading knights brought with them the spiced, fruited and aromatic pies of the Middle East. They have had a chequered history, in part due to, over the years, being imbued with apparent symbolism. The Victorian antiquary John Timbs suggested that the spices representing the gifts of the Magi and in the 17th century, John Selden  inferring from the mention of pastry ‘coffins’ in recipes that their shape was reminiscent of the crib of the infant Jesus.”

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[Source Wellcome Library blog as above]

Last minute plum pudding

January 4th, 2017

Mary-Anne Boermans sought inspiration from some traditional recipes in the historical recipe manuscripts in the Wellcome Library:

“When we think of sweet, festive foods, one of the first that comes to mind is plum pudding – picture cannonball-shaped fare amidst either clouds of steam in the kitchen or the purple-blue flames of ignited brandy at the table.”

“Raining on this nostalgic parade comes the sobering realisation of the quantity of organisation and effort required in order to enjoy this traditional pudding on Christmas Day. It can be a daunting task: the preparation of quantities of dried fruit, nuts and candied peel, the laboured stirring, shaping, moulding and wrapping, the protracted boiling, storing and reboiling – just thinking about it is exhausting.”

“Which is why I can thoroughly recommend taking a dive into Wellcome’s household manuscripts in order to discover the delicious and traditional, but above all, easy recipes enjoyed by various 17th and 18th century ladies in times past.”

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[Source Wellcome Library blog as above]

OECD Health Statistics 2016

January 4th, 2017

“The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Health Statistic 2016 page features extensive data about health around the globe. This information will be of interest to health scholars and policy researchers alike. Academics, students, and interested members of the general public can explore this data in a number of ways. Those who want to explore the data in full can do so through a link to the complete 2016 health database, including information on life expectancy rates, infant health data, rates of cancer, and data about perceived health status by gender and socio-economic background. Visitors may also choose to explore a number of more specific datasets, from Health Expenditure and Financing to Health Care Quality Indicators. Finally, OECD also provides an abridged – although still quite extensive – report of key data points, which visitors can download as an easily navigable Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This is perhaps most useful for those looking to quickly access comparative data for use in a social science classroom. Visitors can also learn about the OECD methodology on this website and read related OECD publications. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 2 December 2016: ]

Journal of Interactive Media in Education

January 4th, 2017

“Published by Ubiquity Press, the open-access, peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) “focuses on the implications and use of digital media in education.” The journal publishes new material as it is approved, and site visitors can browse and read all archived articles since the journal’s debut in 1996. Recent articles include an examination of the role of learning designers in shaping Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); an analysis of the use of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in India, where the prevalence of both OER and OEP is growing; and a framework for instructor adaptation of web-conferencing. In addition to research articles, JIME publishes editorials and book reviews. While many of the articles focus on higher-education, the journal also publishes articles related to informal education and K-12 education. This journal may be of interest to classroom instructors, education scholars, library science professionals, and teacher educators. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 9 December 2016: ]

Christina Georgina Rossetti Collection

January 4th, 2017

“Fans of poet Christina Georgina Rossetti will enjoy this extensive, digitized collection of original manuscripts, letters, photographs, and more from the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. This remarkable collection includes a 316-page manuscript of Rossetti’s 1881 A Pageant and Other Poems, handwritten and autographed; fourteen letters composed by Rossetti to painter Frederick James Shields; and a letter between Rossetti and her brother, Dante (notably, the Ransom Center is also home to an archival collection about Dante Rosetti). Visitors may Browse all items in the collection, or more narrowly by Works or Letters. These materials were recently digitized as part of the Ransom Center’s Project REVEAL (Read and View English and American Literature), a project designed to make the manuscript collections of 25 different authors more accessible to the general public and to establish best practices for future digitization projects. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 11 November 2016: ]

Unexpected findings: 100 years of cultural exchange

January 4th, 2017

Allison Martino in a blog from the National Archives writes:

“As a scholar and artist, one of the things I’m most interested in is process. The process of making things. The process of research. The process of writing.”

“So often, we experience the final products of things – a book, presentation, article or film. What’s often sidelined is discussion of how we actually go about our work. All those messy drafts. Early mornings or late nights analysing data. Days scouring archives with hopes of finding that one groundbreaking document. This blog offers a glimpse into some extraordinary finds among the design records at The National Archives.”

“Earlier this year, my PhD dissertation research led me to studying designs registered in the UK for copyright (see online guide) now held at The National Archives. These designs include various objects made in metal, wood, cloth, and glass. A total of around 3 million designs were registered for copyright from 1839-1991. In short, an extraordinary archive with vast scope for research.”

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[Source National Archives blog as above]

Twenty-fifth Color and Imaging Conference

January 4th, 2017

September 11-15, 2017

Lillehammer, Norway

“Please join us in Lillehammer, Norway for the 25th CIC, the premier annual international conference on color and imaging topics. We always have a great mix of industrial and academic participants from many countries, and our single-track format makes it easy to engage with all the speakers. Short courses taught by global experts, topical workshops, an exhibit, and a robust social program offer additional opportunities to learn, teach, and engage. Come help us celebrate the historic 25th year of the event!”

For further details about the conference and how to submit a paper, go to:

[Source Heritage Portal as above]


BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places & Cultures

January 4th, 2017

6 – 10 July 2017

Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, UK

Second Call for Papers deadline: 16th January 2017

“From a log crossing a stream to a road linking continents, the bridge is an embedded structure in our daily lives. Though its form and design has changed over the centuries its function remains one of connecting two points for a purpose; be it one of mere social convenience, economic necessity, for conquest or technological showmanship. Bridges (viaducts, overpasses, fly-overs) physically and symbolically connect places, communities and cultures; they remind us of division while at the same time providing the means for unification.”

“This conference seeks to engage in an open multi-disciplinary analysis of the heritage of bridges –not only as physical structures connecting places and cultures but also as symbolic and metaphorical markers in the landscape.”

“The conference welcomes academics from the widest range of disciplines and wishes to act as a forum for exchange between the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The conference will draw from anthropology, archaeology, art history, architecture, engineering, ethnology, heritage studies, history, geography, landscape studies, literature, linguistics, museum studies, sociology, tourism studies etc. The conference will take place at the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge – the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the home of the World’s first iron bridge.”

“Abstracts of 300 words submitted in word format should be sent as soon as possible but no later than 16th January 2017 to . For any queries, or if you have trouble accessing the online submission form, please contact

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Securing the future of arts and humanities research in the UK

January 4th, 2017

“Plans for a new round of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) have been launched [] by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC].”

“Designed to provide world-class training opportunities for arts and humanities doctoral students in the UK, this new round of DTPs will commence in 2018 and provide studentships that begin in October 2019.”

“Research organisations, based in the UK, that are interested in helping to deliver the scheme should look to form a consortium of at least two organisations. To meet the key criteria for DTP2, organisations will be required to focus on excellent training, championing inter-disciplinarity and deepening collaboration with the voluntary, public and commercial sectors.”

“Any consortium of research organisations that are interested in applying for a Doctoral Training Partnership need to submit a statement of intent by the 13th April 2017. Early in 2017, the AHRC will be running a series of town hall meetings and surgeries to discuss the schemes in more detail.”

More information and guidelines on the Doctoral Training Partnerships 2 Call can be found on the AHRC website.

[Source AHRC news: ]

Movember – The Art of Mustraction

November 28th, 2016

“Europeana is the cultural fur that warms Europe’s top lip, so let’s look at 8 mustaches that changed the world!”

“Two snuggle the faces of dictators, two are regal, placed on the royalty of Europe, two changed Europe with inventions and two grow more common, but no less important, on WW1 front-line defenses.”

“Europe’s history is sometimes portrayed as the history of manipulation, lies artfully hidden beneath the taches of the powerful, the art of Mustraction, but it is also a history of unity. Facial hair transcends borders. We can marvel at the scope of Europeana, displaying the mustaches of the infamous but also mustaches that portray family memories and war stories. The cause itself is great, improving men’s physical and mental health is good for everyone, so donate if you can [ ]. These free images are meant to inspire growers and demonstrates the historical range of Europeana’s image selection. Off we go!”

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[Source Europeana blog]