Food lab with an old recipe for success

Pupils at Bedlingtonshire High School have taken part in a project organised by the Special Collections section of Newcastle University Library.
Pupils at Bedlingtonshire High School have taken part in a project organised by the Special Collections section of Newcastle University Library.
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Students have been given a taste of old life thanks to a university project.

Year 9 pupils at Bedlingtonshire High School have taken part in a project organised by the Special Collections section of Newcastle University Library.  

Sara Bird, who works in Special Collections, came up with the idea of using a recipe from a 17th Century cook book, written by the cook to the Duke of Northumberland, dating back to 1684.

The team delivered two exciting days which involved students looking in the university archive department and investigating ancient handwriting through the art of palaeography, as well as gathering information on the key ingredients used in bread making.

Assistant head teacher Jamie Bell said: “On the second day students attended the food labs, where they had the opportunity to trial the recipe they had deciphered, making 17th century bread.

“The project was a great success and a big thanks to Newcastle University.”