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1 Shellfish and its Role in UK History and Culture Janet H Brown Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling

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3 it all started with the Romans….

4 Scallop decoration from Verulamium UK 150AD

5 Skara Brae – neolithic village

6 Role of the church in mediaeval times

7 Generous interpretation of fish

8 Victorian times Poverty and oysters always seem to go together

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10 Science informing literature? "O Oysters, come and walk with us!" The Walrus did beseech. "A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, Along the briny beach: We cannot do with more than four, To give a hand to each."

11 Rise and fall of the oyster fleets Production of Firth of Forth in 1800 – 30 million oysters pa Dramatic fall in production in England thought to be related to advent of railways First imports to boost production made in 1870s – Crassostrea virginica from USA and Ostrea edulis from France and Holland

12 Darker story still with mussels

13 Cromarty

14 Map of Tain and Dornoch Firth

15 Photos and work courtesy of shell artist Blott Kerr-Wilson

16 More Blott Kerr Wilson – left from cookery school in Ballymaloe and above an orangerie in France

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20 The Water Baby by Herbert James Draper 1900

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23 Hymn to man

24 1 of Damien Hursts 4 gifts to the Tate Modern

25 Birmingham

26 East End culture

27 The Shrimp Girl by William Hogarth

28 Connections to Birmingham again

29 Winkle Pickers

30 Half of voters say Brown would struggle to run a whelk stall - Daily Mail November 2007

31 Cockles and mussels alive alive O

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33 Thank you ICSR


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