© Time to Explore 2021
In 2009, Derek Sharman managed a Heritage Lottery funded project for the Berwick Slow Food Group, exploring the food heritage of north Northumberland.
The activities included a series of talks and workshop sessions looking at different aspects of producing and processing food and drink in the area in the past.
Berwick’s Heritage Open Days weekend was given a food-
A special exhibition in the Guildhall illustrated how food and drink were produced and sold in Victorian times.
At the Quayside, visitors were able to step aboard the “Reaper”, one of the last sailing vessels from the great age of the herring fishing fleets.
The event also coincided with the Berwick Food and Beer Festival, which featured Victorian soldiers cooking on an authentic field kitchen of the period and a display of rare breeds animals organised by Derek Sharman. Display panes n Berwick Parish Church illustrated the origins of the traditional Harvest Festival, which had its origins in the Victorian period.
The Palace Green provided a splendid setting for the Belford Players to stage a performance of their “Mad Hatter’s Posh Party”.
Ford and Etal Estates hosted a programme of activities and displays with a Victorian food and farming theme.
Belford Players performed “The Mad Hatter’s Posh Party” in the grounds of Ford Castle. This was not just a tea party but breakfast, lunch and dinner too -
At Heatherslaw Cornmill, the Berwick-
An amusing second scene was called “The Trial of the Loaf”.
The final scene, entitled “Harvest”, was staged in the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford which was built as the village school in the 1860s and decorated by murals depicting Biblical scenes painted by Lady Waterford herself. The performance was based on a supposed meeting between Lady Waterford and John Ruskin, who is caught up in a harvest festival procession
As a finale to the Slow Food Heritage Project, food from the Georgian period was presented in the 18th century surroundings of Paxton House and Gardens.
There were opportunities to visit the restored 18th century kitchen and see how food was cooked in the ovens and on open ranges with Paxton House’s Education Officer, Martha Andrews
Local professional caterer Livvy Cawthorn set up a display in the House illustrating a menu of various dishes she had prepared from from Georgian period recipes.
This gallery shows a small selection of the activities that took place during the Project year.
|Guided Walks in Berwick|
|Self-guided walks in Berwick|
|Places to Visit|
|Car Free Travel|
|The Secret Kingdom|
|Suggested Themed Routes|
|Walking in the Area|
|Union of The Crowns 400|
|Royal Charter 400|
|Eve of Trafalgar|
|Berwick at War 1939-45|
|The War with Russia|
|Golden Age of Northumbria|
|Food Heritage Project|
|King James's Visit|
|Arts & Crafts Events|
|King James Sports|
|Arts & Crafts|
|Ford & Etal Event|
|Oswald & Bamburgh|
|World War One Story|
|Guild & May Fair Story|
|World War Two Story|
|Seaside & Maritime Story|
|Food and Drink Story|
|Arty Facts & GPR|