Two radio appearances for the Cambridge Saffron project, April 2022

Image credit: a woman picks crocus flowers. Taqwīm as‑Siḥḥa (Maintenance of Health), an eleventh-century Arab medical treatise that was translated into Latin as Tacuinum Sanitatis in the thirteenth-century. Cod. Ser. n. 2644, fol. 40v. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek – Austrian National Library. Public Domain

The Cambridge Saffron project has had two radio appearances this week: Bonnie Lander Johnson shared stories about the historic role of Cambridge University in the global saffron trade, its medical recipes and it role in political and religious controversy – on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and TalkRADIO.

Kasia Boddy and Bonnie Lander Johnson have received a grant from the University’s Research & Collections Programme to examine the history of Cambridge’s involvement in saffron production and consumption, both locally and globally.  The project will culminate in a workshop hosted by CRASSH in June 2022 and an online exhibition, hosted by the University Library.