Join our free online course on food history

Join our free online course on food history

"A History of Royal Food and Feasting" is a free online course offered in collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and the University of Reading.

Join historian Kate Williams, special guest Heston Blumenthal and experts from HRP in this free, 5 week course hosted on the FutureLearn platform. 

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Historic Royal Palaces is running its first online course in collaboration with the University of Reading to explore some of the most exciting stories relating to food, the monarchy and the amazing palaces where these stories took place. 



Did you know that Henry VIII ordered the first apricot trees to be planted in England because he couldn’t get enough of them? Or that chocolate was first introduced to England by Charles II to compete with the French court?

On this course, you’ll join expert historians, curators and food scientists from the University of Reading and Historic Royal Palaces, to immerse yourself in the changing tastes of successive generations of royalty and experience the splendour of their palaces - from the Tudors to the 20th century.

Over five weeks, we’ll explore the history of royal food through the tastes of five key monarchs, and take an intimate look behind the scenes at some of the most incredible palaces in England:

  • Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace
  • Elizabeth I at the Tower of London
  • George I at Hampton Court Palace
  • George III at Kew Palace
  • Victoria at Kensington Palace.


For more information visit the course page on FutureLearn. 

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