Tastes Through Time is made up of two members, a mother and daughter team, Lindsey and Georgina Ratcliffe. They have been Living Historians since 2004, but avid historians even longer. History has always been a lifelong love for them, with Lindsey taking Georgina and her sister on holidays traveling England visiting as many Historical Homes and Castles as they could. One thing they would always say “What if stones could talk?” – What stories would they tell? Who’s shoes have graced these steps? Who’s secrets have they heard? and this has spawned Tastes Through Time.
They wish to tell the lives of the ordinary people, what foods did they eat? How did they dress? How did they make the items they needed to survive? Georgina is extremely passionate about traditional materials and skills, with planting an edible garden at home to learning blacksmithing and beekeeping, there isn’t an era she isn’t passionate about. Lindsey loves her books with her own homegrown library of a few thousand books there isn’t a subject they can’t research or learn.
They are particularly passionate about telling the roles of women throughout history. It seems to be basic knowledge that women just prayed and had babies, however, this is far from the case. Especially when we get to the 20th Century with the Suffragette Movement, WW1 and WW2 – women really did begin to shine and prove themselves.
Over the past few years as Tastes Through Time has grown, Lindsey and Georgina have had some amazing opportunities to work along side some fantastic historians doing talks at Chalke Valley history festival, and Chelsea History festival, as well as providing some winter displays inside the National Army Museum and Taunton Museum.
Era’s:- Late Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century (Suffragette, WW1 & WW2)
Email:- [email protected]
Telephone:- 07864 671 349 (Please do leave a voicemail and I will call back – email is best)
Location – Willing to travel nationwide.
Available for Weekdays and Weekend events, also available for Schools also able to do Virtual talks via Zoom/Facebook/YouTube
At Chalke Valley this year we had the pleasure of meeting Dr James Daybell and Prof Sam Willis, we were interviewed for their podcast for Histories of the Unexpected on historical clothing – you can listen to it here
Tastes Through Time allow you to transport yourself back in history though food and those key senses of taste and smell that is uniquely fascinating. Superb historians, their research and attention to detail is second to none and they provide an eye-opening and very different take on our understanding of the pastJames Holland, Director of Chalke Valley
Georgina is a very professional communicator and is able to convey history to all. I co-presented with her at CVHF in 2019 and she was able to captivate an audience ranging from young kids to veterans of WWII. She combines solid research with a hands on approach via “living history” and practical demonstrations. She has also been a guest on my YouTube channel where her passion and knowledge were obvious to a viewing audience from around the World.Paul Woodadge WW2TV