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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Today we live in a consumer society and our prized consumer goods include smart phones and laptops. When did our consumer society begin and what were the new goods that past societies wanted to acquire? This course explores the growth in ownership of consumer goods, from pewter, bedding and small items of silver in the late Middle Ages, through to clocks, looking glasses and goods associated with the growing popularity of chocolate, coffee and tea, accessible to almost all by 1800.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

17 Jan 2016

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

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