Wining & Dining

Ref: C2337979

The course will cover the periods 1400-1600, 1600-1800 and 1800-1945. For each time period we will look at food supply – what was available and where it came from; preparation and cooking, including recipes; and eating and drinking and how manners and customs changed. Because surviving records come from families who could read and write, or employed someone who could, the early part of the course will concentrate on the better-off end of society, extending coverage as records increase, and using as much local material as possible. All sessions will be illustrated and discussed, with handouts to back up ground covered each week.

Course aim

To see how much – or how little – food has changed in availability, choice and flavours from 1400 up to WW2.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • An interest in history could be useful

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

  • Assess difficulties of getting certain types of food in the late medieval period
  • Discover (and perhaps use) old recipes
  • Identify changes in eating habits
  • Recognise sources for further study

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • The weekly handouts will include references to books for further study, and museums, country houses and other sites you might wish to visit after the course.

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Wining & Dining Course Outline

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