New discoveries in the Sidney archives

Durham researchers uncover 12th century recipes in Sidney's manuscript collections.

Durham University scholars have unearthed some near-nine hundred year old recipes in a manuscript from Sidney Sussex's archive collection

The manuscript in question, MS51, was written in Latin in Durham priory around 1140.  It was almost certainly one of the manuscripts bequeathed to Sidney in 1643 by Samuel Ward, who was himself born in County Durham and who had been appointed Master of the College in 1610.

The researchers believe that the recipes in the manuscript predate the earliest known extant recipes by 150 years.  With support from one of Durham's restaurants the team will be trying out some of the recipes later in April.

You can read more about the research by visiting the Durham University News website.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2013.

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News item posted Sunday, 3rd May 2015

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