Christmas traditions of earlier times are the topic for the Marlborough Decorative and Fine Arts Society's first lecture in 2013.
Historical food expert, Dr Annie Gray, specialises in archaeology research on dinners and dining-related occasions from 1700 to 1900.
On Thursday, February 28, she will speak about "Christmas Dinner: From Edward 1 to Edward VII" at the Wine Marlborough Lecture Room in Blenheim.
Marlborough is the newest society to form under the Decorative and Fine Arts Societies of New Zealand (DFASNZ) and held its first meeting in November last year. It aims to provide cultural and aesthetic education through regular lectures.
Dr Gray has studied country house practices and the ways English middle classes adapted or resisted changing their dining habits in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Her research is combined with professional live interpretation and she has sampled historic recipes for greater insight into her research findings.
She has a masters degree in history and a PhD in archaeology and works at the award-winning Audley End House in Saffron Walden, Essex, Britain.
Society members will have first priority for entry but members of the public can buy any remaining seats for $30 each.
- The Marlborough Express