On Saturday 1st February 2014, a very well attended trio of free masterclasses took place at the Belton Old School House.
The audience drawn from throughout the local Lincolnshire community were magically transported through time as the staples of everyday living in the era of Sir Isaac Newton were vividly demonstrated.
Firstly they were given a glimpse into the world of the 17th Century Gardener. Michael Brown gave a very insightful and practical demonstration of growing techniques, the importance of plants in daily life, their role in medicine and use in the kitchen.
Next, BBC food historian Dr Annie Gray followed up with a lively, fun and wonderfully informative talk on cooking in the every-day kitchen. Attendees were especially delighted to get the chance to sample authentic 17th century hot chocolate made with swizzle sticks!
The final session was delivered by Dr Peter Elmer, who is at the forefront of a unique project documenting medical practitioners in early modern Britain. He shared his research and presented a fascinating insight into the apothecaries in 17th Lincolnshire, including connections with Sir Isaac Newton and his circle in and around Grantham.
Huge thanks to all of the presenters and the organizing team, and in particular to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making all this possible.