BBC Historian Dr Annie Gray among Belton masterclass guests

Dr Annie Gray.
Dr Annie Gray.
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Food and gardening enthusiasts can snap up the last few free places in a special day of discovery masterclasses at Belton Old School Village Hall on Saturday (February 1) - including a session with popular BBC food historian Dr Annie Gray.

All three hour-long sessions explore connections with Sir Isaac Newton as part of Lincolnshire’s Age of Scientific Discovery project from South Kesteven District Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery.

Historic gardener Michael Brown is first up tomorrow with a special demonstration on growing techniques and the importance of plants in daily life, their role in medicine and use in the kitchen. The 17th Century Gardener takes place from 11am to noon.

Dr Gray is then presenting ‘Tasty Titbits: Cooking in the 17th Century’, a fun and informative session exploring food practices from Newton’s time. This takes place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

And finally a third masterclass looks at 17th century medicine with Dr Peter Elmer, who will share research on apothecaries in 17th century Lincolnshire, including connections with Sir Isaac Newton and his circle in and around Grantham. Lincolnshire’s Apothecaries will run from 3pm to 4pm.

The project was inspired by SKDC’s successful Gravity Fields Festival in 2012 and the findings will be presented as museum exhibitions, tours and publications for the 2014 festival in September.

For information and booking email Ameneh Enayat at or phone 07946 424007.