As part of of the Being Human Festival 2018, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Writing the Black Country is proud to promote the University of Wolverhampton’s Snidge Scrumpin’
Smell is unique because it has the special capacity to take us right back to our childhood. Snidge Scrumpin‘ maps the specific smells that belong to the Black Country, from Banks’s brewery’s hoppy stink to groaty pudding to spicy curry. In Black Country dialect, ‘Snidge’ means ‘nose‘ and ‘Scrumpin‘’ is ‘foraging’. Our events build on research into the Proust Phenomenon, which suggests that odours can reactivate emotive memories. We invite locals to take part in an interactive psychological experiment that collects Black Country smells and tastes that trigger different memories. Participants will be exposed to a number of different smells, and be asked to retrieve and describe memories, and then rate these on various dimensions. Snidge Scrumpin‘ will demonstrate the importance of the smell and taste for our sense of regional history, and shows how place shapes us. The project will draw up the lost odours belonging to this post-industrial region whilst charting a new 21st century palate.
Event 1: The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ, . The venue is accessible to all, The Museum will provide for free on-site travel with ‘DORIS’, the Museum’s accessibility vehicle, she has a tail lift to enable visitors in wheelchairs and those with mobility issues easy access. Doris is able to carry manual wheelchairs and pushchairs, but not motorised wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Wheelchairs will be available as well.