lacquerware sake cup and saucer


Date and Time: Wednesday 5th February 2020 from 15.00 to 16.30


Location: Meeting Room A at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX


We would like to invite you to join us for the presentation and discussion of food and drink-related objects in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum collection.


Harry G West (Professor of Anthropology and Convenor of the MA Food Studies at the University of Exeter) will frame the presentation with observations on commensality—the act of coming together to share food and drink.



Tony Eccles (Curator of Ethnography at the RAMM) will then present a range of materials, with commentary provided by a number of specialists from the University of Exeter.


Objects will include:

17th and 18th century tea sets from China

Objects for preparing, serving and drinking coffee from 20th century Oman

Sake sets from 19th century Japan

A late 19th century kava bowl from Fiji

And a 19th century potlatch feasting dish from the Northwest Coast USA


Among commentators will be:


Paul Cleave, Lecturer in Food Studies and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter

Jane Whittle, Professor of Economic and Social History, University of Exeter

Kawa Morad, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Exeter

Geoffrey Hughes, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Exeter

Celia Plender, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Exeter

Iza Kavedzija, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Exeter

Tomi Bartole, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ZRC SAZU, Slovenia


All are welcome to join us for this free event – please forward this email to interested parties. Please also display the Commensality event leaflet pdf, if appropriate.


Emma Tranter
PA to the Directors and Centre Administrator, CRPR, College of Social Sciences and International Studies
University of Exeter
Tel: 01392 722438
[email protected]

Lazenby, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PJ