Mark Dawson

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire
About me...

I am a historian researching and writing on the history of food and drink in the early modern period. Much that is written about the history of food uses evidence from printed sources – cookery books, dietary advice books, etc. – with the resulting concentration on the wealthy and at best generalisations (often inaccurate) about the experience of those not so fortunate. My approach is to work from the ground up, using documentary evidence of everyday life to build up a picture of what was actually going on in the households of our forebears.

 

About my talks...

All talks are illustrated with slides presented via Powerpoint and last for up to an hour. I have my own laptop and projector and can also provide a screen, although in practice it is usually better if the venue can provide one.

Fee:
Fee is £40 plus modest travelling expenses if outside Derbyshire and Notts
Prepared to travel in East Midlands and Yorkshire, but can only do evenings and weekends

 

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07939308150

Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Derbyshire

Public Speaker Mark Dawson talks about Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Derbyshire

A look at the foods being eaten and patterns of dining in the county from c.1540 through to c.1700. Based largely on evidence from probate inventories, but incorporating other sources to present a picture of everyday eating and drinking for ordinary people in the county.

Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Nottinghamshire

Public Speaker Mark Dawson talks about Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Nottinghamshire

Similar to the above but using evidence from Nottinghamshire communities.

To everything a season? Seasonality in the Tudor period.

Public Speaker Mark Dawson talks about To everything a season? Seasonality in the Tudor period.

An investigation of the nature and importance of changing dietary patterns through the year in Tudor England.

Oatcakes: farming and diet in North Derbyshire.

Mark Dawson Public Speaker talks about Oatcakes: farming and diet in North Derbyshire.

A couple of hundred years ago oats were just about the only cereal grain grown in large parts of north and west Derbyshire and oatcakes were what most people ate instead of bread. Thankfully, traditional Derbyshire oatcakes are still being made. This talk looks at the history of Derbyshire oatcakes from the medieval period through to the present.

What's up with ewe? A thousand years of English sheep's milk cheese.

Mark Dawson Public Speaker talks about What's up with ewe? A thousand years of English sheep's milk cheese.

A thousand years ago cheese was generally made with sheep’s milk. Now it is very much a niche product in England. This talk traces the changing fortunes of sheep’s milk cheese and seeks to explain why it fell from favour, only to be revived in recent times by artisan cheese-makers.

Eating out of house and home.

Talk by Public Speaker Mark Dawson - Food and Drink in Tudor and Stuart Derbyshire
- A look at the foods being eaten and patterns of dining in the county from c.1540 through to c.1700.  Based largely on evidence from probate inventories, but incorporating other sources to present a picture of everyday eating and drinking for ordinary people in the county.

How did people in the early modern period get food when they were away from home and what sorts of food did they eat? As is usual with my talks I focus on the experience of ordinary people, for whom eating away from their home was as much a necessity as a pleasure.