What you’ll do
Watch an online discussion that will uncover how and why milk matters, historically, from two different perspectives.
Professor Deborah Valenze will trace how cows’ milk has been used over time, and how commonplace milk became as it changed from a rural to an urban commodity. She will explore early modern medical theories about its effectiveness for treating ailments, ranging from melancholy to dyspepsia, and how these theories have contributed to myths about milk that persist today.
Professor Hillary Nunn will discuss the properties of different milks used in early modern domestic recipes, including almond, ass and human milk. She will focus on the peculiar medicinal properties associated with red cows’ milk, drawing on manuscripts and books in Wellcome Collection’s archive.
The event is facilitated by Julia Nurse, Research Development Specialist at Wellcome Collection. It took place on our YouTube channel and a recording of the event is now available.
‘Milk’, a major new exhibition that explores our relationship with milk and its place in politics, society and culture, is now on in Gallery 1.