Farms, Forks and Flummery

Ref: C2225542

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. It is planned to examine the following aspects of English food history. 1. “Introducing the Course; Where Does Food Come From?” 2. “Farming; Subsistence and Surplus” 3. “Imported foods and beverages; sugar, spices, tea and coffee.” 4. “Cooking; Preparing the food for the table 1500-1800.” 5. “Dining; Changing rituals of eating” 6. “Cooking; Preparing the food for the table 1800-1950.” 7. “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.

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:

  • 1. Identify the ways in which the ways in which food is cooked have changed.
  • 2. Understand how food production has changed during the period.
  • 3. Recognise the role of food as entertainment as well as sustenance.
  • 4. Understand the ways in which cooking methods have changed over the period.
  • 5. 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

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Farms, Forks and Flummery


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  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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