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Between 2014 and 2016, we will be participating in Europeana Food and Drink, sharing our collections relating to food and drink.

Focusing on the rich and vibrant European food and drink culture and heritage, Europeana Food and Drink wishes to engage the general public, creative industries, cultural heritage organisations and the food and drink industries in creating, sharing, learning and making use of food  and drink related content.

This is a project funded by the European Commission - under the CIP ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) - that aims at promoting the wider re-use of the digital resources available through Europeana.

The project brings together 28 partners from across 16 European countries and is led by the UK-based Collections Trust. Leading content providers, creative technologists and creative industry partners are working together in order to create an evocative suite of commercial applications and products featuring food- and drink related content catered to specific audiences.
Europeana Food and Drink will achieve its objectives by:

  • Discovering, preparing, licensing and uploading 50,000 – 70,000 unique high-quality digital assets and their associated metadata to Europeana
  • Engaging the general public, retailers and distributors in campaigns and in piloting and crowding activities to encourage them to share and make use of food- and drink related content
  • Working with creative industry partners to develop a suite of innovative creative and commercial applications
  • Enhancing unique ideas via Open Innovation Challenges and extending the Europeana Open Labs network
  • Developing and sharing new knowledge, understanding and guidance on successful public/private partnerships focused on digital cultural content.

 Food and Drink Collections at the Horniman

The anthropology collections at the Horniman are among the most significant ethnographic collections in the United Kingdom which is estimated to number in excess of 100,000 objects.

They comprise objects from many regions of the World and includes specimens of major national and international significance. The objects for this project come under the categories of:

  • food processing and storage
  • food service
  • hunting
  • fishing and trapping
  • agriculture and forestry

The European anthropological collections at the Horniman Museum and Garden include substantial and important folk art collections from western and central Europe as well as Scandinavia. Notable among these collections are extensive holdings of wooden utensils, agricultural and domestic implements from Romania, Poland, Norway and the Tyrol region, including rare items from Scandinavia such as ceremonial drinking cups.

The European collection also consist of an extensive collection of material covering all aspects of rural life in Romania presented to the Museum by the Romanian government in 1957, and material collected in Montenegro and Albania in the early 20th century.

Beyond Europe, anthropological collections extend to objects from Oceania, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The Pacific collections are of outstanding quality. Rare individual items include a Brunei gantang or rice measure (believed to be the only one in a UK collection) and outstanding kava bowls from Samoa and Fiji.

The African collections contain a considerable variety of material and represent aspects of many different lifestyles (hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, agriculturists and indigenous politics as well as contemporary urban life), stretching from the northern deserts to the Cape of Good Hope, and from the Guinea Coast to the Horn of Africa.