The Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre and the Cultural Engine Research Group (UEL) present: Food Cultures/Histories/Policies: Flavours of the Docks
Historically the Royal Docks provided a point of entry for exotic spices and beverages that transformed British food cultures at a time when working class Dockers were often not paid enough to feed their families. Join the RDLAC and the Cultural Engine Research Group for talks and discussion on food histories and policies that have shaped, and continue to shape, food cultures in the Docks.
Food and drink for the event will be provided by the Thish’s Fish, Manzoor: Fusion Foods, Rita from Revennah’s, African Food Truck, the RDLAC Community Café and the Husk Brewery with a special Ferry Festival Beer.
Venue: Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2JB
Date: Weds 4th July
Event begins 18.30pm
18.45: Introduction to the Event by the Organisers
18.55: Session One: Food Histories chaired by Marieta Borreda Cuenca (Royal Docks History Club)
19.00: Guest Speaker, Graham Hill (author and historian) on curiosities around food & cooking in Victorian London
19.35- 20.05 break for food and drink sampling
20.05 Session Two: Food Policies chaired by Giles Tofield (co-director of the Cultural Engine)
20.10: Guest Speaker: Sharon Noonan-Gunning (Centre for Food Policy, City University) An integrated and inclusive approach to food policy: exploring policy disconnects through the experiences of working-class parents of higher weight children
20.40 Presentation by Surfers Against Sewage followed by food and drink sampling, networking
Event ends 9.30
Our next CCT event will be on the themes of food cultures, histories and policies. The venue is the Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Albert Road, North Woolwich E16 2JB on Weds 4th July – starting at 6.30pm. Full programme to follow.
Club Critical Theory will be at this free conference on 27th April 2018 in Walton-on-the-Naze.
Here’s the new postcard to download – designed by Laetitia Zanga
Tickets and event information are here: https://www.uel.ac.uk/events/2018/03/essex-sea-side-conference
Might be of interest to those of you who attended our last CCT seaside cultures event at the Railway. This is a UEL/Essex County Council free conference on issues related to seaside cultures on North Essex coast.
Resorting to the Coast: Valuing the Past to Shape the Future
UEL, Essex County Council and the Cultural Engine social enterprise based in South Essex are co-organising this all day conference as part of Resorting to the Coast, a Heritage Lottery Funded and Essex County Council project, supported by Tendring District Council.
About the Conference
Date: Friday 27th April 2018
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Venue: Columbine Centre, Columbine Centre, Princes Esplanade, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. CO14 8PZ
‘Resorting to the coast’ has been a national pastime since the Victorian period, evolving to address demographic changes, greater mobility, fluctuating levels of prosperity and competing leisure activities. The conference will look at the current issues in the national debate around seaside coastal resorts in relation to promoting their often unsung heritage. Specifically, our focus will be on the Tendring coastal resorts of Dovercourt, Walton, Frinton, Clacton and Jaywick Sands. Local history groups associated with these resorts are heavily involved in archiving and promoting their seaside heritage, but we ask whether this valued work is sufficient to attract new visitors? In a world of uneven development, how does a resort set itself apart from the competition? How do you unite as a coastal region when the reality is you’re in competition with each other? Can lessons be drawn from the past in order to resuscitate the ‘Great British Seaside Holiday’ as an object of desire, or is it time to wipe the slate clean and start from scratch?
Confirmed Speakers, guests and activities include:
Dr Tony Lidington (Keynote speaker)
Dr Kathryn Ferry (Historian)
Dr Toby Butler (Historian)
Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton)
Dr Tim Gale (University of Bournemouth)
Joanne O’Connor (Journalist)
Tim Burrows (Journalist)
Club Critical Theory (University of East London)
Clacton & Local District History Society
Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust
‘Curator’s corner – ask an expert
Tickets: Free but reservation bookings via eventbrite are essential
Travel: Hourly trains from London Liverpool Street to Walton-on-the Naze
Buffet lunch and refreshments provided on the day, but please state any food allergies, vegetarian or vegan requirements clearly on your booking form (next to your name)
RTTC Project Lead: Juliana Vandegrift (Essex County Council)
UEL Project Lead: Dr Tony Sampson firstname.lastname@example.org
Organising Committee Members
Dr Toby Butler
Dr Andrew Branch (UEL)
Giles Tofield and Peter Vadden (Cultural Engine social enterprise)
Social Media: Katie Holland (UEL)
Programme Co-ordinators: Rebecca Gilchrist and Jessica Currie (UEL)
Conference Activities and Events Management: Naomi Nanor and Amy Marks (UEL)
Graphic Design: Laetitia Zanga (UEL)
Club Critical Theory present: Seaside Cultures
Fri 17th Nov 2017. 8pm start upstairs at the Railway Hotel, Clifftown Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1AJ
In light of comedian Paul O’Grady’s widely publicised remarks about Southend, CCT invites you to discuss seaside cultures. Is the seaside an irrelevant Victorian concept in decline or does it still hold value? Are swanky galleries, expensive coffee bars and property development part of its appeal or can we actively shape an alternative culture in Southend?
Dr Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton) investigates race, whiteness and the English seaside. In 2016 he published his second book, Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge (Palgrave Macmillan). Dan is interested in social and cultural aspects of the contemporary English seaside including migration and ‘new’ spaces of multiculture.
Dr Tim Gale (Bournemouth University) has published work that explores the decline and restructuring of British seaside resorts, new tourism spaces, places and experiences. These interests are underpinned by ideas associated with the ‘new mobilities paradigm’ and critical realism as a philosophy of/ for the social sciences.
Joanne O’Connor (Journalist and Travel Writer) is a former Observer travel editor and now freelances for the Guardian, Observer and FT. She has an interest in the arts, travel and regeneration. Born in Essex, and a regular visitor to Southend as a child, Joanne has recently returned to live in Essex.
Tim Burrows (Journalist and Author) writes about culture and place for publications including the Guardian, Vice and the Quietus. Recurring subjects in his work are Essex, the Thames Estuary and Essex myths, from Towie, Dr Feelgood and the “armpit of the world”. Tim lives in Essex.
CCT are Giles Tofield (Cultural Engine), Andrew Branch (UEL) and Tony D Sampson (UEL)
News about next CCT event
CCT will be back upstairs at the Railway Hotel in Southend on Fri 17th Nov with a Seaside Cultures special starting at 8pm.
We have a fantastic line-up of confirmed guest speakers and panel discussants (see below).
More details to follow, but we expect to address the notion of seaside culture in light of Paul O’Grady’s widely reported comments about Southend and framing discussion around questions concerning e.g. what’s different about the seaside as a place? Why have a seaside at all? Is it an outdated Victorian concept or is the seaside relevant today, and if so how? What is a post-Brexit seaside culture like? What is artsy Southend?
The direction of discussion on the night will of course be spontaneous.
Here’s the confirmed line-up…