This paper draws from a collaborative research project between the British Library, the University of Sheffield, and the British food retailer Marks & Spencer. The project collected oral history recordings of poultry producers to contribute to a national archive of food production history and to be used as the basis for analysis of the politics of contemporary poultry production. The paper demonstrates how partnerships across the archive, academy, and industry, though challenging, provide an opportunity for researchers to critically engage with the complexities of contemporary food production.
Archives, Academy, and Access: Food Producer Life Stories
Polly Russell works as the Curator for Contemporary Politics and Public Life at the British Library. Her research areas include contemporary food production, food history, and women’s history. She also writes a regular food history column for the Financial Times Saturday magazine called “The History Cook.”
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Polly Russell; Archives, Academy, and Access: Food Producer Life Stories. Gastronomica 1 August 2015; 15 (3): 53–58. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2015.15.3.53
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