Maritime Lecture Series: Putting the World on your Plate

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11 October | 11am - 12.30pm
Adults: £8 | Members: £6
National Maritime Museum, Lecture Theatre
Talks & courses

This is part of the Maritime Lecture Series about food, its contexts and histories. Marc Meltonville explores how the Tudors and Stuarts satisfied their appetites with food from around the world. 

What do ships have to do with food? Well, more than just naval rations. Throughout the Tudor and Stuart eras the ships of the British Isles explored the globe to bring back the exotics of the world to the plates of diners at home. Food Historian Marc Meltonville will take us through the tables of wealthy diners to examine the history of nutmeg, chocolate and even the fork in this comprehensive overview of how the changing face of the globe affected food, drink and dining.

For the last 25 years Mark has worked as Food Historian for the Historic Royal Palaces, bringing to life the Tudor Kitchens of Hampton Court, the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace and the Chocolate kitchen of King George II. Away from the Palaces Marc works and lectures on diverse subjects from 18th century distilling and brewing in Virginia to 4,500 year old feasting at Stonehenge.

Maritime Lecture Series

This lecture series is themed around food, its contexts and histories, and will tie in with the exciting launch of the National Maritime Museum’s four new galleries. Speakers include Dr Kaori O’Connor on Hawaiian feasts and mariners in the Pacific and Marc Meltonville on how Tudor seafaring changed the British dining table. Find out more about our four new galleries.

20 September: Dr Kaori O'Connor - Sailing to an Island Feast

27 September: John Wright - The Edible Seashore 

4 October: Kari Herbert - Living in the Arctic

18 October: Janet Macdonald - Feeding the Georgian Navy