Vintage photo of brother and little sister eating outdoor - fifties
  • Hamoaze House, George Street, Mount Wise, Plymouth PL1 4JQ

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After the success of last year’s Festival of Social Science event, this year we brought you ‘Plymouth's Great Food Vision(aries)’ an interactive workshop that brought together and inspire a range of stakeholders (and services users) to become catalysts for food culture change. 

By enabling knowledge exchange around the socio-cultural determinants of food, participatory creative methods were used as a vehicle to discuss and debate topical local food issues to create a vision for food that can be carried into the future. 

This fun interactive workshop ran in three phases: 

  • Past (drawing on local historical perspective - in collaboration with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth and West Devon Record Office) 
  • Present (showcasing current visionary food/health work) and 
  • Future (creative activities to consider a vision for the future of food in Plymouth (and locale)).

We teamed up with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, who offered to share some of their historical food artefacts as part of our interactive workshops. This showcased their excellent work and supported the development of their History Centre outreach learning offer.

Joanne Gray is Learning Development Officer with a remit for communities at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. This is a wide reaching role which involves working with vulnerable and hard to reach audiences within Plymouth and the surrounding area to increase both physical and intellectual access to the museum’s collections. We also have support from the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, who have assisted us in locating local historical food images which we intend to exhibit on the day.

There was input from speakers (Dr Julie Parsons, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Plymouth, who talked about her food research at LandWorks); Dr Wendy Miller, who brought to life the importance, and historical perspective, of allotments. Finally we had the active support of Penny Tarrant (Plymouth Food Waste Partnership) and Jackie Young (Devon and Cornwall Food Association) both of whom shared their creative ideas for how we can better consider food waste and surplus. 

All presentations and interactive workshops emphasised the need for positive social and cultural change in relation food and how we can place a higher value on food.

Organisers hoped that older adults attending could share their historical perspective on food, recipes and health.

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Biography: Dr Clare Pettinger

Dr Clare Pettinger is a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and experienced lecturer with a proven track record in ‘food choice’ research. She is a food visionary with a keen interest in food poverty/justice and ‘the future of food’ and is currently leading the ‘Food as a Lifestyle Motivator’ (FLM) project which explores creative methods to engage ‘marginalised’ communities in food activities to enhance their health, wellbeing and life skills.

Clare frequently acts as an advocate for her two professions by offering expert consultancy and advice on healthy sustainable eating and food related issues to media and local/regional networks. She is an active member of the Food Plymouth partnership and sits on various local steering groups.

Clare Pettinger FLM

Hamoaze House

We were grateful to Hamoaze House for hosting this event.

Hamoaze House provides community day support services for persons with multiple vulnerabilities and complex needs including problematic use of drugs and alcohol, and for their families and associated persons. An education service in partnership with ACE (Alternative Complimentary Education) offers a programme of activities for young people at risk of school exclusion.

An accredited crèche, respite day care, after school and holiday clubs, sports clubs, life skills with positive activities and youth clubs are also offered.

Visit the Hamoaze House website for more information

Hamoaze House

Biography: Fotonow CIC

Fotonow CIC is a social enterprise using creative media as a powerful and inclusive tool to enable people’s voices to be heard. Our work is rooted in place; we nurture possibility and ambition. We create positive social change for individuals and tangible outcomes for the communities we serve.

Fotonow CIC remain active creative partners and were involved in this event, providing their expertise and an opportunity to see their mobile 'Camper Obscura'.

Fotonow CIC

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