IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 405: How Do You Know When You Are Making an Impact?: Evaluating Public Engagement on the 'You Are What You Ate' Food and Nutrition Project - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 9 July 2012, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:Wellcome Trust
Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Chris Woolgar, Department of History / Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Abstract

‘You Are What You Ate’ is an innovative project funded by the Wellcome Trust, which uses medieval food, bioarchaeology, and eating behaviours to encourage modern reflection on diet. The project team from Wakefield Council, the University of Leeds, and the University of Bradford has been engaging the public in schools, exhibitions, food festivals, and osteology workshops since 2010. This round table provides team members with an opportunity to share their experiences of demonstrating the impact they have had on the public. We welcome the chance to discuss the challenges and benefits of evaluation with delegates from all fields and disciplines who are engaging with the public or thinking of doing so.

Participants include Jo Buckberry (University of Bradford), Sally-Ann Burley (Wakefield Museums Service), Iona McCleery (University of Leeds), and Vicky Shearman (Wakefield Museums Service).