A Taste of History

Ref: C3675329

Have you ever wondered what frumenty was, or what Roman Army bread was like? What happened when potatoes arrived in Britain? How important was the invention of baking powder? Do you call the mid-day meal lunch or dinner, and why? We will explore how the food on our plate, and the ways we eat it, has changed over time. Each session will focus on a particular period of history and as part of the session we will cook a key dish together to illustrate - and illuminate - how people cooked and ate at the time. Students can join in the practical cooking as much or as little as they wish and no previous experience is necessary.

Course aim

This course will provide an overview of food history in Britain over the last 2,000 years. We will look at how we eat, and what, has changed and how new foods have influenced our diet. Each week, we will cook a dish from that period together.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • No previous practical cooking experience is needed.

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

  • Describe (and make) typical dishes from seven points in history.
  • Identify three ways in which how we eat has changed in 2,000 years.
  • Explain the impact of the introduction of three new foods in Britain on our diet.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • The tutor will provide all equipment and recipes needed, but please bring an apron to protect clothing if you wish to join in with the practical cookery elements. Please bring a container to take food home - the tutor will advise students each week of the type of container to bring for next time.

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
  • 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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A Taste of History

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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