Apples and People is a digital response to a time of great uncertainty, bringing the amazing global story of the apple to all. Symbolising global connectedness, individual achievement, happenchance, and people and nature working closely together, the apple we eat today offers us hope as well as nourishment.
Based upon a specially commissioned map of the apple world that traces a network of stories about the apple from the ancient world to the present day, apples and people highlights just how significant the fruit is to people, and how vital people have been in selecting the rich variety of apples that are enjoyed around the world today. These 46 stories will be released between January 2021 and May 2023 on key dates in the apple’s own calendar.
Herefordshire grows more apples than anywhere else in the UK, and the UK plays an important part in the global story of the apple. The exhibition programme is a partnership between the Brightspace Foundation, the Museum of Cider and the National Trust in Herefordshire. It is being helped by a panel of some of the world’s leading apple experts – from USA, China, New Zealand, Italy and across the UK.
Funding has been received from the John Ellerman Foundation, Howard Bulmer Charitable Trust, Hereford Cider Museum Trust, East Malling Trust, Hereford City Council, Friends of Herefordshire Museums and Arts, the Becket Bulmer Fund managed by Herefordshire Community Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, individual donors, Heineken and Thatchers Cider.
This online digital engagement preludes a programme of exhibitions at four sites in Herefordshire, UK, to bring together visual art & culture, sound, community engagement, science, and the natural environment to explore the fascinating history of this symbolic fruit. It will be a resource for all those interested in the history and future of the apple as well as its culinary uses – with suggested reading and links to other information and networks.
Bagging Cider Apples Credenhill, Herefordshire
Follow us on social media:
Subscribe to our free email newsletter to keep up to date with Apples & People.
We’ll let you know when new Apple Stories are published.
This new Apple Story is about the Gangines of India, also known as the Astomi. These mythical people live only by smelling roots, flowers, and wild apples. The Gangines feature on @HFDCathedral Mappa Mundi, a depiction of the world in about 1300.
All our Apple Stories feature on The Apple World Map that was painted by Helen Cann in 2020 for Apples & People. This Apple Story is about the Gangines of India, also known as the Astomi.These are a mythical people who live only by smelling roots, flowers, and wild apples. The Gangines also feature on a much older map, the Mappa Mundi, a depiction of the world drawn by Richard of Holdingham in about 1300.This treasure, perhaps the outstanding representation of medieval understanding of the marvels of the world, hangs in Hereford Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Ethelbert. St Ethelbert was martyred just north of Hereford on 20th May 794 and the Feast Day of Ethelbert the King is celebrated on 20th May.As well as images from the Mappa Mundi itself, the Apple Story is illustrated with depictions of the Astomi from other ancient documents and books. It is accompanied by a new ceramic sculpture commission 'Apple-blossom sniffer' by Herefordshire artist Lucy Baxendale. ... See MoreSee Less
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Linked InShare by Email