A Social History of Cutlery

Mark Lewis

South East
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £55.00
2nd March 2017

An exploration of over 500 years of development in European eating utensils, demonstrating how they have been shaped by cultural changes in dining, diet, and etiquette, to become important carriers of social meaning.

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About Mark Lewis

Mark is a freelance artist, designer-silversmith and retired university lecturer. He also has a passion for lighthouses and is a keen folklorist with an interest in unusual local customs and rituals. In 2013 he published a book on the folklore and popular customs of the church. Mark regularly gives illustrated talks to Probus, WIs, U3As, Luncheon Clubs, art and historical societies, etc., on silver and jewellery, art and design history, folklore and lighthouses. Some popular talks include: “London through Artists’ Eyes”, “The Colourful History of Watercolour Painting”, “The Craft of the Silversmith”, “The Amazing History of Lighthouses”, “The Customs and Traditions of the City of London” and “Cribs, Cards and Christingles - The Origin of Christmas Traditions and Customs”. Most talks are of 50-60 minutes duration. Mark usually talks to audiences in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex but will consider any location. The fee is £50, (higher for large groups, 100+) plus petrol 38p per mile or second-class rail travel. Please contact me for my complete list of talks, further information and testimonials.

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