Over the last week or so I’ve been searching our collections records for items to upload to Europeana as part of the Europeana Food and Drink programme here at the gallery.
The records we have are very good with brilliant descriptions that mean we can find things pretty easily. But what the software doesn’t do is look for related items. Because of this I’ve had to think about other search terms that might bring up food-related records.
I’ve ended up using terms like food, eating, wine or farm to try and make sure that I find as many interesting food-related objects as I can. Although there are lots of duplicates, for example glasses that feature in the ‘wine’ and ‘drinking’ searches, I think we’re going to have a really good range of objects to share throughout the project.
With each of my blog posts I’m going to include a link to an object that I’ve found that I find particularly interesting. Have a read about it and let us know what you think. The first thing i took a shine to was this nutmeg grater. It’s one of a number of similar items that we hold where a functional item is ‘disguised’ as something else. Other nutmeg graters int eh collection take the form of a courgette or simply lavishly decorated vessels. Have a look and see what you think.