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Where in the world?

Each week we want to tell you a bit more about some of the ingredients and where in the world they came from. As the world opened up, so did …

The Victorian Cook-a-long

In this Cook-a-long video, Food Historian Dr Annie Gray, shows you how to make a Victoria Sandwich, the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea. Please note: The quantities referred to …

Fruit junkie

In this video, Food Historian Dr Annie Gray continues to focus on Victoria’s eating habits and examines her love of one particular type of food… fruit! National Fruit Collection, Brogdale …

Comfort eating

There’s no doubt that Victoria was short, barely reaching 5ft 1, but for much of her life she maintained a healthy weight, despite the huge quantities of food available to …

Baroness Lehzen

Louisa Lehzen was Victoria’s governess as she was growing up, and a close confidante of the future queen. In this video she lifts the lid on some of the young …

17th birthday dinner

In 1836 Victoria turned 17, and a dinner and ball were held in her honour. In this video, listen to Food Historian Dr Annie Gray, who specialises in the 18th …

Victoria turns 17

In 1836 Princess Victoria celebrated her 17th birthday. She had come through the dangerous childhood phase during which so many Victorians died, and was only a year away from reaching …

Goodbye from Historic Royal Palaces

It’s been a pleasure to meet you, and explore with you the palaces and stories of how these monarchs have influenced our food culture. Historic Royal Palaces is an independent …

Goodbye from the University of Reading

It’s been a pleasure to meet you and to learn with you over the past five weeks. We hope you enjoyed the course! During your learning journey over the past …

Christmas in the Late Georgian Period

Christmas for the late Georgians was a muted festival. The old Twelve Days were now long gone, and the celebration was increasingly seen as a rather lower class affair, observed …

The Early Georgian Christmas

The Christmas of George I’s court has to be seen in the light of the English Civil War (1642–1651) and the period following the abolition of the monarchy, known as …

Which era tasted the best?

In this final activity, Heston sets the perfect challenge to wrap up the course: Which historical era do you think tasted the best? Having explored the food served to five …

The Elizabethan Christmas

The Elizabethan Christmas was little changed from that of Henry VIII, despite England’s significant religious upheavals that had occurred. Christmas was becoming increasingly focused on hospitality, and the social inversions …

The Mrs Beeton phenomenon

The 19th century saw a huge rise in the number of recipe books on the market, a clear indication that cookery was now something to be enjoyed by everyone, not …