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Study day: Food & Drink 1300-1900, 25 September

By 21 August 2016January 26th, 2021No Comments

The Museum is to run a fascinating study day exploring the history of Food & Drink from 1300-1900 on Sunday 25 September. Registration will take place at 9:30am, with tea and coffee.

Enjoy a day of presentations and demonstrations across the Museum’s site, which is home to 50 rescued historic buildings from across the south east.

Expert speakers will explore how our ancestors ate and drank across six centuries:

  • 10.00am – David Stone, independent medieval historian, will explain the medieval peasant diet and its connection to peasant agriculture.
  • 11.00am – Marc Meltonville, food historian and archaeologist at Historic Royal Palaces, will give a presentation on the food and drink of the elite in Tudor England.
  • 12 noon – Lunch break. Opportunity to look at the displays and demonstrations around the Museum.
  • 1.30pm – Mark Hailwood, University of Exeter, will explore ale houses and drinking culture circa 1550-1750.
  • 2.30pm – Nicola Verdon, Sheffield Hallam University, will talk about the diet of late 18th and 19th century agricultural labourers.
  • 3.30pm – Tea and coffee.
  • 6.00pm – Museum closes.


See a Tudor market in our Market Square and find out more about cooking, baking and brewing in our working Tudor kitchen (the demonstrations will vary and the precise details will be available online nearer the time).


Pre-booking for the presentations is essential in order to attend the study day and spaces are limited.

Tickets are £50 per person, to include teas/coffees (£40 for Annual Members of the Museum).

The day runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm on Sunday 25 September.


Please call 01243 811021 or email courses@www.wealddown.co.uk if you have any questions.