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Pen Vogler

Afternoon Tea: Pen Vogler: Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain

Friday 04 June | 2.30 - 4.30pm

£20 Venue: Museum of Making, DE1 3AF

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What better subject than Scoff for this year’s Afternoon Tea event!

Avocado or beans on toast? Gin or claret? Nut roast or game pie? Milk in first or milk in last? And do you have tea, dinner or supper in the evening?

In this fascinating social history of food in Britain, Pen Vogler examines the origins of our eating habits and reveals how they are loaded with centuries of class prejudice. Covering such topics as fish and chips, roast beef, avocados, tripe, fish knives and the surprising origins of breakfast, Scoff reveals how in Britain we have become experts at using eating habits to make judgements about social background.

Bringing together evidence from cookbooks, literature, artworks and social records from 1066 to the present, Pen traces the changing fortunes of the food we encounter today, and unpicks the aspirations and prejudices of the people who have shaped our cuisine for better or worse.

Tables of 6 will be booked in line with government guidance, which means you could be seated with individuals from outside your household or support bubble. Ticket includes Afternoon Tea with a selection of cakes, cream scones and sandwiches served at your table on individual plates. Please note: To book you will need to pay online. We will then email you to discuss any dietary requirements and seating arrangements.

Deadline for bookings: 21 May

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