The Butterflies of Northamptonshire
Online via Zoom. This lecture by Douglas Goddard examines the butterfly population in Northamptonshire with special reference to Rockingham Forest. It traces the life cycles of species throughout the year, looking at the plants on which eggs are laid, their development as caterpillars and then their final emergence as adult butterflies. As well as familiar species the lecture examines the re-emergence of rarer examples such as the Purple Emperor, a stunning but elusive butterfly that lives mostly in the upper canopy of large trees
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The History and Identity of Fish and Chips
Online via Zoom. This lecture by Professor Panikos Panayi unwraps the origins, history and identity of Britain's most popular take-away. It investigates the origins of fish and potato eating in Britain, describes the meal's creation during the nineteenth century and explores the series of technological and economic developments that changed its component foods into items of mass consumption It also explores the connection with issues of class and identity; despite being a notable culinary symbol of Britain, the dish has far more extensive ethnic affiliations. Fried fish was widely consumed by immigrant Jews before spreading to the English working classes in the early nineteenth century, and by the twentieth century other migrant communities such as Italians played a leading role in the fish-and-chip trade.