Garden Historian looks at the history of “A Nice Cup Of Tea”

The nation’s favourite cuppa will be the subject of a talk tomorrow (5 October) at the University.

Russell Bowes, a garden historian, will talk about the horticultural history of the tea bag, from its origins in the foothills of the Himalayas right through to the modern tea bag at the free public lecture.

The popular drink is made every 48 seconds in the UK.

Mr Bowes, awarded the University of London Diploma in Garden History in 2000, has studied extensively at the Museum of Garden History in London and has previously lectured regularly for the National Trust and university Adult Learning programmes around the country, as well as at the The Eden Project, National Portrait Gallery and the Imperial War Museum.

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP). Others in the series include:

  • 12 October- An engineering adventure follows Bloodhound SSC, the latest land speed record attempt project. Mr Dan Johns will be explaining his ultimate goal in inspiring a new generation of Engineers and Scientists.
  • 19 October- Towering Ambition: William Beckford and his buildings in Wiltshire and Bath. Dr Amy Frost will investigate all of the architectural wonders that Beckford spent his life constructing.
  • 26 October- A history of Epilepsy. Dr Roland Jones will explore the history of Epilepsy and consider where we can go to improve on current approaches.
  • 2 November- Indigo, a very special dye. Jenny Balfour-Paul will lecture on the compelling study of Indigo. The dye that makes blue jeans blue, Journeys in Indigo relates to this international commodity and trace its history across the globe.
  • 9 November- Professor Jon Stallworthy and Dr Jane Potter discuss their new Penguin Classics selection- Three Great War Poets: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg & Wilfred Owen, focusing on the lives and work of Gurney and Owen.
  • 16 November- The South West’s National Garden Trusts. Miss Margaret Clark, a National Trust volunteer speaker since 1988, will be provide an in depth explanation of what the South West has to offer.

The lectures take place on the main University campus at Claverton Down in 8 West, Room 1.1 and start at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

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