Learn to be more environmentally friendly with lessons from the 1600s



Practical skills from 400 years ago that could help you become more self-reliant and more environmentally friendly are being taught by academics at Loughborough University later this month.

As part of our COP26 campaign to promote research that benefits the environment

As world leaders gather at COP26 to discuss global climate change policies, Dr Sara Read and Dr Catie Gill prepare for the Being Human festival to demonstrate smaller changes that could also benefit the ‘environment.

On November 20, the duo will be at the National Civil War Center in Newark to lead the Creativity from Chaos event, which this year is based on the theme of renewal.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., participants will learn sewing and darning techniques to help repair damaged clothing, how to store food, and how to make reusable women’s hygiene products.

The techniques date back to the 1600s, but remain relevant today as people seek to live more sustainable lives.

Dr Gill said: “Most of the techniques that will be demonstrated have their roots in the 17th century.

“The presenters will talk about the methods used 400 years ago and the benefits for people today of reusing, reusing and preserving what we have.

“In a few sessions, the results will be creative, like writing something imaginative or learning decorative sewing techniques.

“However, in other sessions we will focus on some practical skills that most of us don’t have or practice, such as repairing clothes, preserving food, or making women’s hygiene products.

“We know that people are very interested in renewal because of the ‘green’ agenda and because we are trying to find ways out of the passivity induced by the pandemic.”

The food preservation workshop will teach people how to marinate mushrooms, while the sewing session will show participants mending and embroidery techniques.

Dr Read will also give a talk about childbirth in the past and show people how to make a reusable hygienic product using an old sweater.

Other sessions held during the day include creative writing, an online workshop on gardening tips, and experts will be available to help you fix household items and furniture.

There will also be two special conferences. Rebecca Rideal will discuss ‘Restoration and Renewal’, about how science and the arts were revived after the Great Plague, and Dr Siân Adiseshiah will talk about 20th century responses to the creative political solutions of the Civil War era .

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national humanities festival, which runs November 11-20, 2021.

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

The festival works in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy to support public engagement in the humanities across the UK.

Each year the festival helps researchers in the humanities – literature and history, languages ​​and philosophy, art history and classics, etc.

No reservations are required and the event is suitable for adults and children aged seven and over.



Notes for Editors

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links to industry and unparalleled achievements in sport and its underlying academic disciplines. .

It has been awarded five stars in the independent university rating system QS Stars, named the world’s best university for sports-related subjects in the QS 2021 World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and The Sunday Times. University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of all national rankings, being ranked 7th in the UK Complete University Guide 2022 and 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty UK universities in the Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ and in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of her contribution to the sector, Loughborough received seven Queen’s Birthday Awards

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