EMIAC 80: A Taste of Lincolnshire: Food and Farming in the Fens

Holbeach, Spalding, 16th October 2010

Conference Details


This conference explores aspects of farming and food production in the Fens of South Lincolnshire, an activity which has earned for the area the title of the Larder of England.

The conference venue is the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the Holbeach campus of the University of Lincoln. The Centre's facilities include a complete factory process area where we will have the opportunity to see how produce is processed and packed.


Organised by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and held on Saturday 16th October 2010 in Holbeach, Spalding.

Conference programme:

09:30 Registration with tea/coffee

09:50 Welcome

10:00 The Changing Scene in Agriculture

10:50 Fenland Farm Machinery

11:40 break

12:00 Fenland Farming Today

12:40 Questions ...

12:45 EMIAC Business Meeting

13:00 Lunch and outside exhibits

14:00 Process Demonstration

14:45 Film Farming in the Fens

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Richard Hornsby Plough, 1890s
Richard Hornsby Plough c.1890s.
Blackstone Potato Spinner, 1930s
Blackstone Potato Spinner, 1930s.

Images courtesy of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.

Conference Report

Additional material

The following websites provide additional background to the papers presented:

Alan Stennett:

Although Alan does not have his own website, he is featured on many websites; interested readers should use their favourite search engine.

Stuart Gibbard:

Gary Naylor:

Mike Dudbridge:

Archive material:

Please note: Although checked at the time of writing, NIAG cannot be held responsible for the validity of these links or the integrity of these sites.

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Images taken during the visit

In the afternoon, the delegates visited the food processing area.

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