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Just Add Milk!

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • 18+
  • Speech-to-text
  • Hearing loop
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A recording of the event 'Just Add Milk!', which happened at Wellcome Collection on 13 May 2023.

Watch the recording of a panel discussion about how milk transformed tea, coffee and chocolate into three of the most widely consumed products in the world. 

The panel talks about how the addition of milk changed the way Britain used these colonial commodities and the ways common themes of empire became entangled in their histories. 

They also talk about how the choices we make when shopping, eating and drinking can affect not only our health, but how we respond to the colonial legacies of global trade and food production.

Speakers include Halima Begum, CEO of the Runnymede Trust, a leading UK civil rights and equalities think tank, Jonathan Morris, one of the world’s leading coffee historians, and Amarachi Clarke, founder of Lucocoa Chocolate. The discussion will be facilitated by Jenny Williams, Founding Director of Take the Space, a creative production hub for Black and multi-ethnic talent.

This event relates to our ‘Milk’ exhibition

The discussion is recommended for visitors over the age of 18. It includes mentions of slavery, racism and exploitation.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Henry Wellcome Auditorium. To get there, take the stairs or the lift down to level −1. The auditorium is fitted with a hearing loop.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This event will be live-transcribed, which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodivergent. The captions will be displayed on a large screen in-venue. Ticketholders for the livestream will receive a link to view the captions in a separate window.

Hearing loop

There will be a hearing loop at this event.

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About your contributors

Photograph of Halima Begum

Halima Begum


Dr Halima Begum is CEO of the Runnymede Trust, a leading UK civil rights and equalities think tank. A disabled British-Bangladeshi Muslim woman, Halima began her career as a policy analyst on Lord Parkeh’s commission on a multi-ethnic Britain back in 1999, before moving on to work in senior roles with the UK Government, the British Council and LEGO Foundation. In that time, Halima has led international development policy and programmes across sectors including education, the environment, food security, human rights and post-conflict reconstruction in a variety of countries. A national thought leader on issues of race and social equity, she is a board member of the UK’s NHS Race and Health Observatory, and an advisor to bodies including the British Academy, ITV, the Nuffield Foundation and Scottish Government.

Photograph of Jonathan Morris

Jonathan Morris


Professor Jonathan Morris is Director, Research Culture and Environment at the University of Hertfordshire, where he is also Research Professor in Modern History. He is also a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. Jonathan trained as an historian of modern Italy, specialising in the history of consumption, and is now recognised as one of the world’s leading coffee historians. He is the author of the acclaimed book ‘Coffee: A Global History’ and co-creator of the ‘A History of Coffee Podcast’. He also co-edited and authored ‘Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry’, and directed the ‘Cappuccino Conquests’ research project. In 2022, Jonathan was awarded the Best Coffee Writing Sprudgie for his article ‘Decolonising Coffee History’ (Standart Magazine).

Black and white photograph of a young black woman with a shoulder-length afro hairstyle. Teh woman is smiing and looking straight at the camera.

Amarachi Clarke


Amarachi is the founder of Lucocoa Chocolate, London's first bean To bar chocolate makers. The company challenges the status quo of the chocolate industry by pioneering an ethical supply chain. After her work as the Vice President of The National Union of Students’ and working in the international development sector for Comic Relief and UNICEF UK, Amarachi wanted to explore other ways of achieving long term sustainable change through business.

Photograph of Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams


Jenny Williams is Founding Director of Take the Space, an inclusive consultancy and creative production hub for Black and multi-ethnic talent. Prior to this Jenny held numerous senior positions in the cultural sector including CEO and Creative Director for Revoluton Arts, and Head of Diversity for Arts Council England. Jenny is a board member of Towner Eastbourne and chairs its Diversity Task Group, a partnership member of South Downs National Parks Association, a Register of Support Services (RoSS) consultant for National Lottery Heritage Fund, and a board member of East Sussex Culture. Jenny was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in 2020 for services to culture and creativity.