Spaddles & Sorbets: A history of ice cream

Monday 22 July 2019 | 6.30pm-8pm


The Talk

From delicate dessert tables, to processed wafer cones, ices have been part of the British diet for over 400 years. Yet our modern versions pale compared to the glories of the past. Made with the most basic of equipment, but moulded in ever more intricate ways, and flavoured with combinations we’d not even think of today, ices were exciting, exuberant and extraordinarily delicious. This lecture explores the rich history of a chilly delight and celebrates the opening of the Museum’s dairy.

The Speaker

Annie Gray is a historian, cook, lecturer, broadcaster, writer & consultant. She specialises in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day, and researches this both in libraries and in her own (and others’) kitchens. By exploring what was eaten, and by whom, how it was cooked and how it was consumed, we can explore a wide range of beliefs and behaviours, shedding light on everything from malnutrition among the poor, to the innermost workings of the country house.

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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