That Stinks

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  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
  • Speech-to-text
A photo of William Tullett holding a small bottle of liquid and smelling yellow translucent liquid.
William Tullett. © Sofia Erich and Odeuropa.

What you’ll do

Join Professor William Tullett, author of ‘Smell in Eighteenth-Century England’, with host Danny Rees in a discussion exploring the sensory history of the 19th century, around the time of the ‘Great Stink’. Tullett will consider the historical importance of the sense of smell and the public-health impacts of the air around us. Then, with guidance from smell scientist Cecilia Bembibre Jacobo, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a range of intriguing aromas from the past.

You’ll be able to ask questions and share your thoughts after the discussion.

Dates

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Need to know

Location

We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Limited spaces available

Spaces are limited and may run out if we are busy so you may wish to arrive early. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

Speech-to-text

This event will have live speech-to-text transcription, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The captions will be displayed on a large screen in-venue and embedded in the event video window online. Ticketholders for the livestream will also receive a link to view the captions in a separate window.

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About your contributors

A photo of William Tullett holding a small bottle of liquid and smelling yellow translucent liquid.

William Tullett

Speaker

William Tullett is an Associate Professor of Sensory History at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. When not being sat on by his two cats, he spends his time following his nose through the archives of the past and the environments of the present. He is currently part of the major EU-Horizon 2020 funded project ‘Odeuropa’, examining the history and heritage of smells in Europe from the 1600s to the 1920s using methods ranging from computer science to chemistry. He has also worked on the senses in a range of other projects, including recent research on the Covid-19 pandemic and our senses.

Danny Rees

Host

Danny is the Library Engagement Officer at Wellcome Collection.

Professor Cecilia Bembibre Jacobo

Facilitator

Professor Cecilia Jacobo combines a doctoral degree in heritage science with 15-plus years of experience in media and publishing to explore new ways of presenting historic objects and spaces, using technology to creatively incorporate multisensory components in exhibitions and develop fresh narratives that resonate with visitors. Her research on olfactory heritage has captured the public’s imagination and has been featured in over 300 media outlets worldwide, including interviews on BBC News and Breakfast, the Guardian, The Times, Channel 5, Newsweek and CNN. Cecilia is passionate about leading outstanding public engagement, inclusive and educational events, including workshops, presentations and talks.