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33rd Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions


will be held on Saturday 14th April, 2018
at the
Friends’ Meeting House,
Friargate, York, YO1 9RL







9.50am         Registration and coffee                        


10.30am      After the welcome and introduction to this year’s symposium, in which we consider the food habits of relatively ordinary people in past centuries, the morning session will see Eileen White looking at evidence from medieval mystery plays to see what shepherds ate; Mark Dawson will use probate inventories from the English Midlands 1540-1700 to investigate what households of the middling sort produced and ate; and Peter Brears will talk about everyday food in Regency London.


1.00 – 2.15pm        Lunch.  If you wish to participate in the communal lunch, please bring one item of food, home-made if possible, to serve 2-3 people, table-ready and labelled.  Please note that bread is provided.


2.15pm         In the afternoon session Ivan Day will introduce us to a selection of cookery recipes from a yeoman family in the Lake District, and Laura Mason will revisit 20th-century food habits to find out what we ate then.

4.00pm   The symposium will conclude with tea and ‘a closer approach’.


 Please note that no recording or photography is permitted during the talks without prior permission from the speaker.


An application form can be downloaded from here

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