30 March 2019

The Food Journey

Do you know the difference between the breadnut and the breadfruit? Do you know how it got to Jamaica and why? How many types of yam have you ever eaten and how do they contribute to Caribbean food resilience?

This workshop will explore Caribbean food histories and present day plant foods in dialogue with the collections at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

These collections consist of painted and written accounts of selected flora and fauna found in 18th century Jamaica documented by a Scottish priest during the period of African enslavement.

The Food Journey is an experience in which participants, whilst seated and blindfolded, have their different senses immersed in sensations, to tell a story of the history of common ‘world’ foods based upon our Elegancies of Jamaica collection.

The Elegancies of Jamaica is a manuscript about the different foods grown in Jamaica in 1750.


  • 1.30pm Tour the Biology collection
  • 2pm Food Journey
  • 3pm Reflection and structured discussion
  • 4.45pm Session finishes
  • 5pm Museum closes

You will be wearing blindfolds for part of the journey. Everything on offer will be made of the best ingredients we could find. Everything is vegan, gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Some ingredients contain sugar and salt.

Please let us know if you have any allergies or intolerances by completing this short form.

Please wear casual, informal clothes and be prepared to go barefoot if you’d like to be really immersed!

The session will be led by Mama D Ujuaje, a community learning facilitator of Jamaican heritage and and Jason Irving, a trained medical herbalist.

More information about The Food Journey can be found on the Community Centred Knowledge website.

This event has been made possible thanks to funding from the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) as part of an engagement fellowship exploring Jamaican Natural History collections at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. More detail on the manuscript and the project is given on the BSHS blog.

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