The Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust has awarded £15,000 to the Academy, to invest in the development of the academy level 3 (Fellow) programme including a Heritage Project that will capture the unique traditions of classic British cheeses – recording them for posterity.
Starting with Cheshire we’re reaching out to Territorial cheesemakers, farming families and cheese enthusiasts, to help record an invaluable social history of traditional British cheeses.
This lasting online record will ultimately incorporate historic photographs, documentation and audio-visual files of the people, places and equipment that have impacted the development of the UK’s most notable cheeses over the decades.
The information obtained from this comprehensive research project will form part of the online body of knowledge required to be studied for the Academy of Cheese’s Level 3 accreditation – the penultimate step to becoming a certified Master of Cheese.
“The UK has an incredibly rich, diverse and fascinating dairy history that absolutely deserves to be preserved for future generations. Territorial cheese recipes have been handed down through farming dynasties – in some cases for centuries – but there is a risk of these intricacies being lost, forever. We firmly believe that the Academy’s primary role is to share and spread cheese knowledge. Part of our responsibility involves preserving and maintaining an accurate archive of our collective food heritage which is why we’re so delighted to have received this generous funding from the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust.”
Director of the Academy of Cheese
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