Food and Drink in Tudor Times

Mark Dawson

East Midlands
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: 50
9th November 2023

Forget Henry VIII and his gargantuan appetite, it's time to have a look at what ordinary people would have been eating in Tudor times. This talk looks at the food and drink of ordinary Tudor people together with how it was cooked and how it was eaten. What foods were available? What contribution did different foods have to diet? Did they have enough to eat?

This talk is not specific to any particular area, but uses examples drawn mainly from across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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About Mark Dawson

I've been researching, writing and giving talks about the history of food and drink for the last 20 years. I gained a PhD from Nottingham University in 2007 for my study of food and drink in a gentry household in the 16th century. Since then I've conducted extensive research into food and drink in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the 16th and 17th centuries and done some studies of individual foods - sheep's milk cheese, oatcakes and Henderson's Relish. I'm part of the organising committee for the Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions, regularly speaking at our annual conference or symposium as well as chairing sessions and writing and editing volumes of papers.

I'm used to giving talks to a wide variety of audiences - both national and local history societies and more general groups such as U3A, Probus and WI. Everything I talk about is thoroughly researched, but the aim is to entertain rather than just to lecture.

All talks are 45 minutes to 1 hour and illustrated by Powerpoint slides. I'm also happy to deliver all talks either in person or over Zoom.

I charge a flat £50 that includes travelling expenses if within Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & South Yorkshire.

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