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How the Black Country Smells - BBC Radio 3

How the Black Country Smells - BBC Radio 3

Staff and students from the School of Humanities involved in the 'Snidge Scrumpin' project, launched their 'Mapping Smell and Memory in the Black Country' in London recently, with over 70 people participating in the smell tests designed by Professor Sebastian Groes and Dr Tom Mercer.

Find out more on BBC's Free Thinking show tomorrow (Thursday 15th November 2018) at 10.00 pm.


In partnership with Black Country Living Museum, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce the University of Wolverhampton has secured funding to undertake pioneering research that explores past and present smells of the Black Country.

Two community research events – entitled ‘Snidge Scrumpin’ – are being held at Black Country Living Museum (Wednesday 21st November) and Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Thursday 22nd November) as part of the Being Human Festival, the only national festival of the humanities in the UK.

In Black Country dialect, ‘Snidge’ means ‘nose’ and ‘Scrumpin’’ is ‘foraging’. The University has secured over £2,000 funding to conduct the research.  Anyone who is local to the Black Country, and over 18, can book a FREE place to attend one of the events. A Philosopher of the Senses, a psychologist and a Black Country writer will give introductory talks, and refreshments will be served following the research activity.

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

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