Smelling history: from AI to chemistry

A new project to characterise the whiffs of history
26 November 2020
Presented by Eva Higginbotham
Production by Eva Higginbotham.


A still life oil painting of a basket overflowing with fruit.


Some good news for history buffs who have had their fill of the sights and sounds of yesteryear: soon they’ll be able to experience its smells as well. This is thanks to an ambitious project called ODEUROPA, which has just received a big EU grant that brings together researchers from a range of disciplines including historians, computer scientists and chemists to reconstruct the pongs of the past. Marieke van Erp is one of them; she’s from the Dutch Digital Humanities Lab, and spoke to Eva Higginbotham... 


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