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Creating a book using digital cultural heritage resources

This document is intended to be a guide to creating a book using digital cultural heritage resources sourced from Europeana or other digital cultural heritage platforms. It is based on the experiences of the Europeana Food and Drink consortium partners, who created a book about the history and heritage of local London pubs, using a collection of pub photographs from the 20th Century that are available through Europeana.eu.

Before starting out to create a book using digital cultural heritage resources, the most important thing to be aware of is that it will take some time. The creation of the London Local Pubs: Past and Present book, on which these guidelines are based, took a year from its initial concept to the final publication. However, the relationships necessary for this project had been established before and had to be maintained after publication, so the entire process took closer to two years.

Phase 1 – Developing the concept

To develop the fundamental concept of the book, there are three things that need to be considered, namely audience, collection and theme. These segments are equally important and need to connect to each other in a logical way, therefore they need to be developed at the same time. This triad forms the backbone of your book and should be referred to throughout your development process.

Collection: Identify an interesting collection (in our case, through Europeana), making sure that you can use it commercially and that you have access to high quality material. You can also use one of your own collections.

Theme: In parallel, think of a good theme or idea for your book that can be illustrated using the material you can find in your chosen collection. Think about why it would be interesting and how it is different from previously published books.

Audience: Think about the audience for this publication. Who are you trying to reach? Who would be interested in this book? It is important to identify a specific type of audience, rather than the ‘general public’, as this will inform much of your marketing strategy. If necessary, create an ‘audience profile’ that will help you to visualise what type of people you are reaching out to. Research networks of people in your locality that are connected to your audience and make notes about how to contact them and what their interests are — this will help you
a lot later on in the process.

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Phase 2 – Finding a publisher

Once the above three factors are firmly in place, the next steps are related to finding a publisher that would be interested in publishing your book.

Step 1: A comparative review of other books
What other books have been published in the last few years that are related to the theme you have chosen? Who has published them? What is the audience for these books? How much are they being sold for? What is their ranking on websites like Amazon.com? What is the design of these books? What is their tone of voice?

Step 2: Shortlist publishers
If you are going with traditional publishing, make a list of publishers that are likely to publish your book and that you want to pitch to. Keep an eye on the type and calibre of books that they usually publish and see if your book idea fits in with that. Make notes of how you can approach these publishers with a pitch, e.g. a certain email address or phone number.

Step 3: Pitch to publishers
Pitch to the shortlisted publishers using a short and well-designed pitch deck that explains the basic idea of the book, showcases the content you want to use, gives a rough idea of your timeline and explains what effort you will put into marketing the book.

If you have access to a designer, you can perhaps mock up some pages of the book as you have them in mind.

Expect about a 1 in 10 chance of a publisher being interested in publishing your book, so make sure to approach as many relevant publishers as possible.

Step 4: Discuss with publisher
Once your pitch has been accepted by a publisher, discuss the below points with them before signing a contract with them.

  • Contribution. It might be that the publisher asks for a monetary contribution towards the cost of publishing. Consider whether this fits into your operations and whether you think this request is reasonable compared to what services the publisher is providing.
  • A workable delivery schedule. If you are writing and sourcing content yourself, make sure to leave yourself enough time to do this. If you are outsourcing this work, provide clear briefs to the people you are working with and set up regular check-in times.
  • Royalties. What is the publisher offering in terms of royalties? Can you accept these royalties or would it interfere with any grant funding? Decide how the royalties will be distributed.
  • Frequency of reporting. Agree with the publisher on the frequency of reports on the sales of your book, perhaps based on what you need from any funders. Quarterly reports are common.
  • Author copies. As author of the book (or at least the organisation signing the contract with the publisher) you are entitled to a number of author copies. How many you can expect depends on the print run. Author copies are useful for giving away to reviewers and to those that have helped you create the book.
  • Sales channels. Which sales channels does the publisher have and where can you expect to see the book being sold once it has been published?
  • Marketing. What is the publisher’s common practice when it comes to marketing? Will they use their networks to promote your book?

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Paxton, Gipsy Hill

Phase 3 – Sourcing content and creating partnerships

Once you have finalised the contract with the publisher, you can start sourcing content in earnest, as well as reaching out to the networks that you have identified in the first phase and get them involved.

  • Make sure to clearly attribute any content you use in the book to Europeana or any other source it stems from. Double check to make sure you are allowed to use all content for commercial purposes. The publisher will expect you to have cleared the rights of all material that you deliver to them.
  • Reach out in earnest to individuals and networks who would be interested in your book. A soon-to-be-published book is a great trigger for engagement. Ask questions about the subject, ask them if they have material related to it that could be used in the book. Gauge if there is interest in doing some crowdsourcing events. They are a great way of getting people invested in buying the book once it has been published.
  • When doing crowdsourcing events to collect some stories, memories and material from your audience (there is a helpful guide to doing crowdsourcing events in pubs here, which can serve as inspiration), make sure all your participants sign release forms so you can use their material in your publication. Keep a record of their contact details so you can invite them to later events.
  • Ask some members of your intended audience to review your draft publication and give you feedback.

 

Phase 4 – Marketing and book launch

Once you have submitted your final manuscript to the publisher and while the book is getting printed, which can take a few months, start thinking about the marketing you want to do around the book. There are a few suggestions below:

  • Landing page. Set up a landing page to function as the main source of information about your book. Make sure to get a snappy short link and use a website building tool to make it look professional. Set up website analytics so you can collect visits, views and click-throughs. Provide information about the book’s launch date, where it can be bought, what the story behind it was (this is also a good space to mention any funders), where people can explore Europeana collections in more detail, hyperlinks to your own website etc.
  • Press release. Write a press release for your book so you have it ready to send out when the book is published. Focus on the story and theme behind the book, rather than the fact that ‘a book has just been published’. It should be interesting and easy to read.
  • Networks. Utilise your networks to the fullest. Ask your contacts whether they know anyone in television, radio or newspaper journalism that they can introduce you to. Again, focus on the story behind the book rather than the book itself here.
  • Social media. Send out teasers on social media, with sneak peeks of the book when it is due to be launched. Perhaps organise a contest for your online audience, which offers a chance of winning the book. Keep using your social media channels to promote the book once it has been launched. As for the landing page, ensure that you have appropriate ways of measuring the engagement you get your social media channels.
  • Involve friends, online users, colleagues, etc. to spread the word about the book online and offline. Direct marketing and word of mouth communication are often key elements to push sales and promoting a book effectively.

You can now also start planning your book launch. Check with the publisher what their common practice is.

  • Invite all contributors to the book to your launch. Also invite prominent figures from the networks that you identified earlier.
  • Try to host the event in a venue that has some connection to your book, either through the theme or through the audience.
  • Ask a prominent person from the audience to give a speech.
  • Provide some complimentary food and drink for your audience.
  • Have copies of your book on hand to sell or to give away.
  • Organise a photographer for the night and use your social media channels to share the launch with a wider audience afterwards.

 

Hopefully these guidelines will have given you some insight into how to develop effectively and market a book based on digital cultural heritage resources. For more information about the Europeana Food and Drink project and the London Local Pubs: Past and Present book on which these guidelines are based, visit www.foodanddrinkeurope.eu and www.londonlocalpubs.com

Download these guidelines as pdf

By Lise Schauer, Historypin

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Food Planet‎ at Irkottafest – Kunsill Lokali Ħal Kirkop Malta

This Sunday, 22nd May 2016, our social game Food Planet took part in Irkottafest – Kunsill Lokali Ħal Kirkop in Malta. For the whole day, visitors of the festival could meet our Food Planet developers from AcrossLimits at their stand, play the game and win great prices.

Here, we collected impressions of the day. See for yourself and of course, play the game!

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Thank you Across Limits for a great day with Food Planet at the Irkottafest!

“A public house is a public home, so be a part of it.” An interview with ebook author Adrian Tierney-Jones

As the final instalment of our blog series about the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook, we interview Adrian Tierney-Jones, well-known British pub and beer writer and the author of the book and ebook. We picked his brain about pubs and why he likes writing about them, and asked him about his research for this particular book, which ended up differing a little from his usual process.

What did you like best about working on this book?

I loved finding out about pubs that I’ve never heard of. It gave me a sudden interest to seek them out. For example, I’d be keen to visit the Railway Tavern in the East End, the one with the early morning opening hours for the railway workers.

As I’ve written many books about pubs in London, I think I know them all. I also used to live in London and know many pubs personally. However, this book has opened up a whole new layer of them for me to engage with. It is always great to discover and rediscover pubs.

Railway Tavern, Stratford
Railway Tavern, Stratford 

What did you think about the story-gathering process and did it help with your research?

The story-gathering process was really great. Historypin’s Community Officers would go and set up a community archiving session in one of the pubs, where they invited landlords, regulars and locals to come and share their memories and experiences of the pub. In some pubs, they even collected photographs and drawings. They would then send me the audio files and their transcriptions, as well as the materials they had collected.

For me, this was very helpful. It takes a lot of time to do research and sometimes professional writers just don’t have the luxury to do this in-depth work. Having a team that goes out and talks to the people in the pubs is very useful.

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Pub Session

What advice would you give people who also want to write books about pubs?

Listen to people. Pubs aren’t just the buildings they occupy or the beer they serve, but they are made up of people, past and present. When you write about a pub, you need to evoke the atmosphere of the pub and make the reader feel that they are part of this mini-universe by engaging all their senses. But not just the reader needs to feel a connection to the pub, you do too. A public house is a public home, so be a part of it.

 

London Local Pubs: Past and Present is an ebook developed as part of the Europeana Food and Drink project, taking the reader on a journey through the history of London’s pubs, told through never-before-seen archival photographs and the stories and memories from their landlords and regulars. You can find more information about it and buy a copy of it at www.londonlocalpubs.com

By Lise Schauer, Historypin

Cake, Heritage and Mother’s Day

This April 24th saw the yearly Heritage Day in Flanders, Belgium with the 2016 overall theme ‘Rituals’. Pretty ideal to connect this with the Cake exhibition! Cake goes along with a lot of rituals: think of blowing birthday candles, newlyweds cutting wedding cake together, and many others.

The Europeana Food and Drink touring exhibition Cake? Cake! , organized by the project partners Centre for Agrarian History and Royal Museums of Art and History is residing in Leuven, Belgium in Woonzorgcentrum Edouard Remy, a home for elderly people since April 22th.

The director of the Woonzorgcentrum was more than willing to co-operate and host a Heritage Day for his residents and all visitors.

“We wanted to work intergenerational, so we aimed at getting as many families with children to the home. A children’s play about cake  was organized and we developed an educational package to go with the cake exhibition. And we hired a photobooth. Big and small could dress up and pretend to eat a piece of cake. Everybody loved it. Wheelchairs aside, and getting up for five minutes to have that picture taken with son or daughter, grandchild or even greatgrandchild. And in the background: the campaign image of the Cake exhibition, the little baker”, Greet Draye from Centre for Agrarian History describes the atmosphere of the day.

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Heritage Day Leuven, 24th April 2016

Afterwards there was time for a real piece of cake. Speaking of which:  Mother’s Day is approaching. No better occasion to treat your mum with cake than that!

Cake for Mother’s Day

In Belgium the tradition of eating cake at Mother’s Day occurred for the first time in the fifties. And since mum was the one who used to bake cakes those days, a mother’s day cake was always to be bought at the baker’s. Mother’s day was – and still is – the high day for mothers and bakers.

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Mother’s Day Cakes from Bakkerij Baelde, around 1950-1960, Bakkerijmuseum Veurne

By Greet Draye, Centre for Agrarian History and Angelika Leitner, Austrian National Library

London Local Pubs: Exploring the National Brewery Heritage Trust collection

At the heart of the book and ebook  London Local Pubs: Past and Present by Adrian Tierney-Jones is the National Brewery Heritage Trust (NBHT) image collection of public houses. 3000 images were rescued from a skip as the company moved offices and have recently been digitised by Heritage Assets for creative re-use in the Europeana Food and Drink project.

Trafalgar,39 St. Martins Lane, London, W6, Hoare & Co. and Farriers, 214 Lower Road, Deptford, SE8 5DJ, Charringtons
Trafalgar,39 St. Martins Lane, London, W6, Hoare & Co. and Farriers, 214 Lower Road, Deptford, SE8 5DJ, Charringtons

Now made available for the first time on Europeana, the NBHT image collection is available to license via the Europeana Food & Drink picture library.

The majority of the collection was originally used as a pictorial reference of the buildings owned by Hoare and Co. and the Charrington Brewery and on the back carried the exact address of the pub and often recorded the names of the landlords and their business activity. From the early 20th century up to the late 1960’s the images are a unique pictorial record which are of interest to professional image researchers, academics, and the many individuals who have ties to the pillar of the community that is better known as our ‘local pub’.

Hare & Hounds, North End Way, Hampstead Heath, NW3 7HE, 1940, 1941, Hoare & Co
Hare & Hounds, North End Way, Hampstead Heath, NW3 7HE, 1940, 1941, Hoare & Co
Locomotive, 106 West Street, Deal, CT14 6EB, 1952, Charringtons and Red Lion, 18 Watling Street, Cannon Street, EC4, Charringtons
Locomotive, 106 West Street, Deal, CT14 6EB, 1952, Charringtons and Red Lion, 18 Watling Street, Cannon Street, EC4, Charringtons

By John Balean, Topfoto

This is part 4 of our blogpost series on the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook, exploring the pub photo collection the book is based on. Read more on the idea behind the ebook edition, a view of ‘traditional’ publishing on reuse of digital cultural heritage, and 7 tips for self-publishing & promotion, or join a Pub Crawl for all your senses with our sister project Europeana Sounds.

The London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook is available for purchase  here.

 

The London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook has been published by Halsgrove Publishing as part of the Europeana Food and Drink project, with assistance from the National Brewery Heritage Trust, Historypin, Federation of European Publishers, Fratelli Alinari, Topfoto and Keepthinking.

How to get the best out of your ebook: 7 Tips for Self-publishing & Promotion

After learning and gaining experiences through the creation of the two Europeana Food and Drink book products, London Local Pubs: Past and Present and the eCookbook Tasting Historical Europe – Exploring the culinary threads between Austria and Lithuania, we asked our cluster partners to share these lessons with us. This blogpost is part three of our series on the development of the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook.

Promoting books and ebooks can be tricky, as many different solutions are available in  the market today. Because of information flood, it is important to be sure that your message is delivered to the proper key person, professionally and in a convincing way.

Photographs by Cath Harries.
London Local Pubs Launch Event at Magpie & Stump (Photographs by Cath Harries)

Here is a summary selection of some hints to consider when a self publisher wants to promote his/her own book and ebook. These hints are derived from the research done by Andrea de Polo from Fratelli Alinari as part of the publication of the London Local Pubs book and ebook.

1. If possible, provide a Kindle version of the book. Amazon is one of the main platforms for the sale of ebooks and they predominantly sell Kindle-compatible ebooks.

2. Use professional DTP (desktop publishing) software and if needed, find a dedicated and proficient writer for the book and ebook.

3. Make sure you design the website similar to the book, with an option and/or link to purchase and download.

4. Organize a local kickoff event to launch the publication: be sure to invite local key people, contributors, journalists or blogger. For London Local Pubs: Past and Present, the launch was celebrated at The Magpie & Stump in central London, one of the pubs featured in the book, bringing together over 100 people from across the pub, beer and brewing world, including many of the licensees and regulars who contributed their stories and memories to the book.

5. In launch period, create an online buzz on your main social media platforms. Try to engage your audience in different ways, such as inviting people to participate in an online“Tweet-up” event with a dedicated hashtag (See #52Pubs) or have giveaways such as a sample chapter.

6. Use your social networks the right way: Avoid spam and mass mails, instead create targeted and personalized emails to influencers in your field. Write blogs and news for writers and authors with meaningful objectives related to the topic and worthwhile for your target audience to subscribe to. This can be teaser posts using information from the book, which might want the reader to get the full book

7. Use radio and traditional media too to communicate about the launch of the product. Be sure to do so before the product enters the market, so you can generate anticipation for it.

What are your number one methods for promoting your ebook?  We learned that most important, these promotion tactics need to be tailored to your product and to what works best for the topic and target audience of your ebook.

 

Check out London Local Pubs: Past and Present, available for purchase here or download our free eCookbook on the historic connection of Austrian and Lithuanian cuisine.

 

By Andrea de Polo, Fratelli Alinari and Angelika Leitner, Austrian National Library

The books have been made possible by the Europeana Food and Drink project, funded by the European Union. The London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook has been published by Halsgrove Publishing with assistance from the National Brewery Heritage Trust, Historypin, Federation of European Publishers, Fratelli Alinari, Topfoto and Keepthinking. The eCookbook Tasting Historical Europe – Exploring the culinary threads between Austria and Lithuania  was developed by project partners Vilnius University – Faculty of Communication and Austrian National Library.

 

Reuse of digital cultural heritage through the eyes of ‘traditional’ publishing

As part two of our blogpost series on the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook, Enrico Turrin of FEP is giving us some insight into ebooks and the reuse of digital cultural heritage through the eyes of ‘traditional’ publishing.

Publishing & Europe’s food and drink heritage

As the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), we got involved in the Europeana Food and Drink project as representatives of the book publishing sector, in order to contribute with our knowledge and experience about book publishing and to act as a contact with publishers from all over Europe. After all, one of the expected outcomes of the project was the publication of a book and an ebook!

At the same time, we thought the project would yield results that were interesting for publishers: a large library of high quality digital objects from many museums, archives and other cultural institutions across Europe, related to a trendy and fascinating topic like our food and drink culture, and available for commercial reuse.

The publication of the book London Local Pubs: Past and Present was the first, very tangible result of the collaboration of several project partners, and a good one, at that. Available in both print and digital, the book embodies the spirit of Europeana Food and Drink: it focuses on a traditional aspect of the food and (especially) drink culture, with an eye to history and one to modern times, using a wealth of beautiful images from past and present.

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Morris Dancers passing the Magpie & Stump; The Queen’s Head between 1930 and 1960
Book or eBook?

We think that these kinds of publications, on similar topics and with such interesting source materials, are very well suited for different formats, print and digital. On one hand, beautiful pictures make for nice illustrated books that figure well on your bookshelf or coffee table. On the other hand, the topic of food and drink is great for cookbooks and travel guides and many other publications that can be greatly enhanced by the features of digital books: easy to carry, enhanced, interactive, etc.

We are therefore promoting Europeana Food and Drink among our constituency, the book publishing sector, hoping to see this experience replicated many times. Besides regularly updating our members (28 national associations of book publishers from all over Europe), we have organised presentations about the project and its content base at the Frankfurt Book Fair with a dedicated area for the food and drink topic, called Gourmet Gallery and the London Book Fair just this week.

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Enrico Turrin, FEP at London Book Fair, 12th April 2016

To make sure that the content made available through Europeana Food and Drink can express its full potential in terms of commercial reuse, we recommend that it is made easily searchable, and made available at very clear conditions.

By Enrico Turrin, Federation of European Publishers

 

The London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook has been published by Halsgrove Publishing as part of the Europeana Food and Drink project, with assistance from the National Brewery Heritage Trust, Historypin, Federation of European Publishers, Fratelli Alinari, Topfoto and Keepthinking.

London Local Pubs: Past and Present — the ebook edition

Today we shine the spotlight on the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook, one of the Europeana Food and Drink products. The portable format of this publication makes it the perfect companion for visiting London to enjoy the traditional British pubs, or for discovering them from the comfort of your own home. It is available for purchase here.

The ebook tells the stories of 52 pubs in and around London through stunning historical photographs and memories shared by pub landlords and regulars. It includes a map and address details for each pub, so it is easy to visit and experience them for yourself.

London Local Pubs - Past and Present eBook edition

 

In the ebook, each historical image contains a link to Europeana.eu, where you can find more information about the photograph. There is also a link to Historypin.org for every pub, so you can contribute your own pictures and memories to the growing archive of stories there.

London Local Pubs: Past and Present is written by Adrian Tierney-Jones, a pub and beer writer from the United Kingdom. He has drawn together all stories and anecdotes about each pub into rich, evocative descriptions, such as the one about the Newman Arms below.

“Here we are in Fitzrovia with Dylan Thomas cadging a drink and offering some words on a scrap of paper as payment. Or maybe it’s George Orwell, silent in the corner, mulling over his pint, observing and seeing all (he used the Newman Arms as a model for the proles’ pub in 1984; it also appeared in Keep The Aspidistra Flying). Other picaresque characters, whose novels, poems and paintings failed to move further than the table, have also come and gone through the doors of the Newman Arms since the 1940s, when this close-knit grid of streets first developed its racy, bohemian reputation.”

 

London Local Pubs - Past and Present eBook edition

If you want to explore the pubs in a different way, why not visit museums.eu/trails and follow one of the pub trails there? All 3414 photographs from the Charrington collection, which form the basis of the ebook, are also available to browse on Europeana.eu here.

This blogpost is the first in a series in the development of the London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook. The next installment, written by Enrico Turrin of FEP, gives some insight into ebooks and the reuse of digital cultural heritage through the eyes of ‘traditional’ publishing.

 

The London Local Pubs: Past and Present ebook has been published by Halsgrove Publishing as part of the Europeana Food and Drink project, with assistance from the National Brewery Heritage Trust, Historypin, Federation of European Publishers, Fratelli Alinari, Topfoto and Keepthinking.

By Lise Schauer, Historypin

British Easter in Black & White

Happy Easter to everyone!

For this year’s Easter celebrations, we are doing a little time travel into the last century, to the United Kingdom in the 30ies and 40ies. Hand-picked black & white images by the Europeana Food and Drink partner TopFoto, also featured via our Picture Library  show British traditions and spring scenes, also depicting limited supplies and shortages for post-war Easter celebrations.

Hot Cross Buns & Fish for Good Friday

Traditionally, Hot Cross Buns are eaten for breakfast on Good Friday, being the only luxury afforded during this time of mourning. According to a legend, in A.D. 1361 a priest at St. Alban’s Abbey in Herfortshire gave these to the poor on Good Friday, and the tradition was born.

Hot Cross Buns Contest in London, March 1932 and The making of hot cross buns, March 1923
Hot Cross Buns Contest in London, March 1932 and The making of hot cross buns, March 1923

22 March 1932: Finding Britain’s champion hot cross bun eater. A contest is taking place at the East Ham skating rink in London to find the champion eater of hot cross buns. Competitors must eat as many buns as they can but must not take more than two minutes per bun. Anyone exceeding this time is disqualified.

Billingsgate Fish Market, April 1936 and
Billingsgate Fish Market, April 1936 and Preparation of Hot Cross Buns, April 1947

4 April 1936: Billingsgate Fish Market is already working at top pressure to deal with the terrific demand for Good Friday fish . The approach of the Easter festival means greatly increased work for Billinsgate , which has to supply eight million Londoners . The photo shows the busy scene at Billingsgate Market .

3 April 1947: Girl workers at the Cadby Hall bakeries of J Lyons and co, prepare for dispatched part of the huge number of hot cross buns baked the Good Friday. In this year of bread rationing there are hot cross buns for the first time.

Easter Eggs and Special Treats
Chocolate Easter Eggs, March 1947 and
Chocolate Easter Eggs, March 1947 and The Coles Quads of Pimlico, London

March 1947: Chocolate Easter eggs are in great demand this year, but the supply is very limited. Very few manufacturers are making this year owing to the rationing difficulties and shortage of man power. A girl at shuttle worth’s factory handles some austerity two ounce eggs, being prepared for nest week’s rush. In one hand she holds a pre-war chocolate egg for comparison just to torment the hungry buyers. March 1947

The Coles Quads of Pimlico, London, Left to Right Patricia Frances, Edna and Marie are all ready for Easter with their new Easter bonnets and Easter Eggs.

Easter novelties at Pascalls , Mitcham - 19 February 1924 and Dawn the famous Selfridge model and an outsize Easter egg. 17 March 1936
Easter novelties at Pascalls , Mitcham – 19 February 1924 and Dawn, the famous Selfridge model in outsize Easter egg – 17 March 1936

 

Food for Thought: From Earl Grey to Beef Wellington

People are often remembered for their deeds, some are frozen in time by statues, remembered in a street name, or by the famous blue plaque that adorns many houses in Great Britain. There are a select few however that are immortalised in food and EUFD, the Europeana Food and Drink Picture Library, has matched up some famous foods from the picture library. This is the second part of our gallery of famous foods, from Napoleon’s Brandy to Crêpe Suzette and now to the British specialties.

The Right Honourable Charles Grey , 2nd Earl Grey ( 13 March 1764 – 17 July 1845 )

The Right Honourable Charles Grey was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834 . A member of the Whig Party , he backed significant reform of the British government and was among the primary architects of the Reform Act 1832 .

The 2nd Earl Grey famously gave his name to an aromatic blend of tea after he reputedly received a gift of tea flavoured with bergamot oil.

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EUFD002485 – TopFoto / EUFD & EUFD0105250 – ThePictureKitchen / EUFD

The 4th Earl of Sandwich 1718-1792

The sandwich is said to be named after 4th Earl of Sandwich after he frequently called for the easily handled food while entertaining friends.

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EUFD002483 – TopFoto / EUFD & EUFD101529 – ThePictureKitchen / EUFD

Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)

Many foods are named after Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years. There are for example Victoria plums or as shown, a piece of Victoria sponge cake dusted with icing sugar and filled with strawberries and cream.

The pictures display Queen Victoria in in coronation dress 20 June 1837 and in 1887.

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EUFD002475 – TopFoto / EUFD & EUFD105056 – ThePictureKitchen / EUFD
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EUFD002471 – TopFoto / EUFD & EUFD101569 – ThePictureKitchen / EUFD

Portrait of the Duke of Wellington by Goya &  Beef Wellington

It is believed Beef Wellington was named after the Duke of Wellington, British hero of the Battle of Waterloo.

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EUFD002476 & EUFD002477 – TopFoto / EUFD

Arnold Bennett, English novelist (in 1931)

Omelette Arnold Bennett (bottom) which is an unfolded omelette with smoked haddock was invented at the Savoy Hotel and named after the English novelist who wrote a novel called Imperial Palace in 1930, based on his research at the hotel.

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EUFD002488 & EUFD002487 – TopFoto / EUFD

In the spirit of maintaining good relations through food, the Europeana Food and Drink project has combined a rich display of food and drink cultural heritage imagery, now available to license for publication. Much of the collection is on offer for the first time to publishers and illustrates the depth of local cuisine giving a new insight to the traditional EU dish as it has migrated and adapted across the world. From simple ingredients, cooking utensils, and baking techniques to complex dishes and the many characters that are involved in the food industry, the EU Food & Drink Picture Library (EUFD) illustrates food and drink history in photographs, artwork and objects.

The EU Food & Drink Picture Library is managed by the Europeana Food and Drink project partner TopFoto.co.uk. For further information, have a look at http://eufoodanddrink.eu/.

By John John Balean, TopFoto