The Bread Basket of England: East Anglian Food from Romans to Ribena

Ref: C2228171

The history of food in East Anglia, from the very earliest times, through the improvements brought by the Romans, the importance of the area to trade in the Middle Ages, the turkey herding of the Victorian period, to the specialist crops brought in by WW2 (Ribena, and sugar beet). We also look at "local specialities" such as the "Huffer", Sussex pond pudding, some famous (or infamous) cheeses, and local food-related traditions such as the Eel Festival at Ely and the Dunmow Flitch.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To look at the history of food in East Anglia, from the earliest times to the late 1900s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • A full-size screen rather than a phone is recommended so that you can see slides and pictures properly.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the extent to which East Anglia has been the "Bread Basket of England"
  • Describe roughly how many went to St Ives, and why.
  • Explain how to make at least one traditional East Anglian dish

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • The same tutor presents a longer course on "Cookery through the Ages" (10 weeks) that may be of interest.

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The Bread Basket of England: East Anglian Food from Romans to Ribena

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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