University Smells Project To Recreate Historic Industrial And Perfumed Aromas

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The "foul and fragrant" smells of our past from industry to Marie Antoinette's perfume are to be recreated in a £2.5m European project.

Anglia Ruskin University is helping to build an archive of smells from the 16th to early 20th Centuries.



The smell of an old book being extracted in the Heritage Science Lab at University College London

Dr William Tullet, Cambridge-based smell historian, said as they were central to daily lives they "deserve to have a history".



A Dutch illustration of the sense of smell from about 1680, artist unknown

The findings will be shared online and in museums across Europe next year.

The Odeuropa project, will bring together historians, artificial intelligence (AI) experts, chemists and perfumers from The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia and the UK.

It is hoped they will recreate scents that mimic the chemical and manufacturing processes redolent of the Industrial Revolution.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-54971742

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Warwick Castle has been using aromas in the exhibits for years now.

Authentic historical scent range launched in partnership with Warwick Castle

Following challenging months for all, Warwick Castle is celebrating the arrival of autumn by partnering with AromaPrime to launch a unique scent range. These pongs from the past include the likes of a Medieval stable, the leather worn by soldiers, the oak of the treasurer’s chamber and even the smoky essence of the castle’s blacksmith workshop.

Warwick Castle features an immersive experience called Kingmaker, where visitors can walk through scenes recreated to be just as they were in 1471. With life-like wax figures, props and sound effects, guests get a hands-on, close-up view of castle life. Themed scent company AromaPrime, who also create authentic pongs for the likes of the Natural History Museum, The British Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and Alton Towers, provide a deep level of realism to the Kingmaker experience with their atmospheric concoctions.
 

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It smells faschinating.

Is that Dutch guy smelling a dried fish?
 

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What a waste of money
 

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You could say that.

But we have visual and auditory heritage...why not engage the other senses?

Smell is the sense most connected to memory, and so logicaly would have a role, -if only in memory boxes.
 
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