Farms, Forks and Flummery

Ref: C2224484

This course looks at how food was produced and consumed in England. We will look at food from field to fork seeing how the ingredients available changed and the ways in which they were cooked and eaten evolved. The sessions will be as follows: 1. “Introducing the Course; Where Does Food Come From?” 2. “Farming in Tudor and Stuart England” 3. “Tudor and Stuart Cooking and Dining” 4. “Gardening, Fruit and Vegetables.” 5. “Imported foods and beverages; sugar, spices, tea and coffee.” 6. “Ranges to Electric Cookers. The changing technology of cooking from the 18th to 20th centuries.” 7. “Georgian and Victorian Dining” 8. “Beer, Wine and Spirits.” 9. “Victorian Farming; Prosperity and Depression.” 10. “Object Handling and Summary.”

Course aim

The course aims to give an understanding of how the ways in which food has been produced and consumed from Tudor times to the middle of the 20th Century. This will illuminate aspects of social and economic history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the ways in which the ways in which food is cooked have changed.
  • Understand how food production has changed during the period.
  • Recognise the role of food as entertainment as well as sustenance.
  • Understand the ways in which cooking methods have changed over the period
  • Identify the ways in which meals have been served have changed during the period

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Farms, Forks and Flummery


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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