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Take a fascinating trip through the history of British Cheese, brought to you by industry experts Ned Palmer and Andy Swinscoe. Learn about this industry’s remarkable resilience, appreciate the role of cheesemaking in our societal history and taste along with some of the finest examples of farmhouse cheeses available in Britain today.

Whether you are studying with the Academy or simply love cheese, watch below and lose yourself in the History of the British Cheese.

The Courtyard Dairy: The British Cheese Revival

Join Andy from the award winning Courtyard Dairy and enjoy his enthusiasm for the history of British Cheese. Understand it’s journey from an industry of over 2,000 farmhouse cheesemakers, its near collapse following the second world war and its kick start again in the 1970’s. Hear what led Andy to start the Courtyard Dairy and its role in the resurgence in British cheese as he explains the finer nuances of a selection of farmhouse cheeses.

Taste along with: Fellstone Wensleydale, Stonebeck Wensleydale, Lanark blue, Young Buck, Moorland Tomme, Kirkham’s Lancashire

Contains content from the following modules of Academy of Cheese Level 1 course:

  • Module 6 Cheese Industry Knowledge
  • Module 8 Tasting


Ned Palmer: A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles

Meet Ned Palmer, a freelance cheesemonger with quite possibly the best job in the world! Demonstrating the Academy’s own Structured Approach to Tasting cheese, Ned tastes his way through this history lesson whilst demonstrating the correct way to cut a cheese based on its shape and which tools to use for the job. With content on cheese and drink pairing too, this is a deep dive into the world of cheese and a perfect accompaniment to your Academy of Cheese studies.

Taste along with: Spenwood, Gorwydd Caerphilly, Stichelton, Westcombe Cheddar, Kit Calvert Wensleydale, Renegade Monk

Contains content from the following modules of Academy of Cheese Level 1 course:

  • Module 4 Presentation
  • Module 5 Communicating
  • Module 6 Cheese Industry Knowledge
  • Module 8 Tasting


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