The exciting programme for Christ Church's Spring Special-Interest Weekend has been announced and is sure to spark considerable interest. Linked to the 200th anniverary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807, it will offer a choice of two fascinating themes: the History Option is entitled Empire, Sea Power & Abolition – the Food & Drink title is Sweet Secrets and Strange Delights.
Christ Church has selected topical and controversial themes for its 2007 spring Special-Interest Weekend, fourth in the College’s series. Both are linked to the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807, commemorations of which will take place on a national scale next year.
The two-option Christ Church Special-Interest Weekend has attracted a loyal following - an encouraging number of advance bookings followed the programme’s publication in October. Participants can choose one of two themes: the History Option is entitled Empire, Sea Power & Abolition – the Food & Drink title is Sweet Secrets and Strange Delights.
Historians will learn of the appalling triangular trade across the Atlantic, the rise of the abolition movement in Britain, the 19th-century enforcement role of the Royal Navy and slavery’s contemporary resonances. Food & Drink participants will hear of the evolution of sugar from luxury food to cheap commodity, its types, varieties and by-products and its many applications in the British culinary tradition from the Middle Ages. Sampling and a comparative rum tasting are included.
Lectures are given by Oxford tutors and other specialist speakers and the event concludes with a Regency banquet in Christ Church Hall. Details are on the Christ Church website at www.chch.ox.ac.uk.
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