Beer, sausages and marmalade

Halls pub sign, Vicarage LaneBeer, sausages & marmalade:
Food, drink, politics and tourism in nineteenth-century Oxford

In the nineteenth century Oxford became well-known for its ‘Celebrated Oxford Sausages’ and for Frank Cooper’s ‘Oxford Marmalade’. The popularity of these delicacies went hand-in-hand with the city’s growing importance as a tourist destination. Meanwhile large numbers of citizens were involved in brewing, baking and the grocery trade, and the families which controlled these businesses had a powerful influence over Oxford’s economic, social and political life. This talk examines the fascinating relationship between food production, tourism and politics in the city.

Please note that the content of this talk overlaps to some extent with that of the talk on Brewing in Oxford.

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