SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Student Cecilia Bembibre's research on smells of heritage featured on Channel 5

8 February 2017


SEAHA student Cecilia Bembibre’s research was featured in the first episode of Channel 5 new series Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh, aired on the 7th February 2017.

In a dialogue with the host, Cecilia explored the heritage significance of the well-known musty, sweet smell of decaying books. In collaboration with Knole, one of the most highly significant properties managed by the National Trust, Cecilia is researching smells that could be described as historic: old books, records, gloves, pot-pourris and even rooms as a whole. Her research is already part of the display at the property, and will be featured in “smell-walks“, an engaging exploration of the historic smells of Knole.

You can watch the episode online below.