RSA South West Coffeehouse - RSA

RSA South West Coffeehouse

Fellowship events

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  • People & place
  • Communities
  • Community engagement
  • Social innovation

Inspired by the RSA’s origins in Rawthmell’s Coffeehouse over 250 years ago, our new Coffeehouse series offers Fellows across the South West the chance to meet online and share ideas for social change.

Join us once a month for an informal lunchtime talk by a guest presenter, followed by a Q&A and discussion in small breakout groups.

We start at 1pm and we’ll be finished by 1.50pm promptly. Spend your lunchbreak meeting Fellows from across the region and getting new inspiration!

We've moved to Thursday lunchtimes. Join us for our next event!

7 December: Bee Farrell FRSA  Foodturistic

Join RSA Fellow Bee Farrell to hear about a creative and cross-sector venture which focuses on sustainable health through food.

Her aim is to embed food education into its events, publications, and products – to make nutritional and environmental change impactful through being social and eating great food. She believes in regenerative gastronomy – what we have on our plate increases the diversity of what we grow in our fields and seas – and works to make access to a healthy diet fairer.

The project’s multi-disciplinary approach offers local foodways with a global reach and is forged by working with international artists and food designers; architects; computer engineers; nutritionists; food scientists; anthropologists, chefs; horticulturalists; and health professionals.

Previous projects include A Seed of an Idea with British Land, Feasting on Nature in collaboration with Lewisham council, and Home, a place for all at Selfridges, London. We are presently developing Still Room – a programme of traditional food knowledge events at a south-west hub, and Soup Jar – an educational and edible project of ‘fast food’ made with local fresh produce with no additives.

Bernadine (Bee) Farrell is a food anthropologist, author on food culture and design, illustrator and presenter of sustainable and equitable health and food in publications such as Sustainable Cities of the Future, Springer (2017). Her research work – presently for the universities of Reading on their FoodSEqual-Health project, and Kent on Health Humanities is animated with plenty of public events and talks. She likes to work with others to create memorable and tasty encounters with food which bring experiences and skills that disrupt unhealthy food and health systems.

24 January: Our first coffeehouse in 2024 will be led by Natasha Player talking about her work in the creative industries. More details coming soon!

This event is free to attend and open to all, Fellows and non-Fellows. We hope you can join us!

Previous events in this series included:

  • 12 October: Rosanna Vitiello FRSA - Why the future of places should be shaped together
  • 14 September: Keith Freegard FRSA – How can businesses transition to a low carbon economy?
  • 14 July: Suanne Gibson FRSA and Professor Sonia Blandford FRSA - Are We Included? The Plymouth Child, Family, and Teacher
  • 19 May: Steve Edge FRSA - Building Design for Health and Wellbeing: The Spine
  • 24 March: Heléna Holt FRSA – Devon Air Ambulance
  • 17 February: Laura Joy FRSA – 'Listen in at Roche Court' arts and education podcast
  • 20 January: Neil Beagrie FRSA & Robin Tatam FRSA –  Meet your Fellowship Councillors
  • 9 December: Sam Everard FRSA – The SAMEE Project
  • 18 November: Mark Wallace FRSA – A Voice To Tell Our Story

Taking part in Online Events 

For our interactive online events, the RSA uses the platform ZoomIt may be necessary to follow a short set-up process. To understand how Zoom uses your data, please read their Privacy Policy in advance. 

Zoom call joining details will be sent out via email in advance of the event. 

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to support your participation, please let the team know by emailing: [email protected]. 

We sometimes record our online RSA Fellowship events for learning purposes, publicity and/or public viewing. By attending this event, you accept that you may appear in RSA videos or images as an attendee of this event. 

Upcoming South West England Fellowship events

  • Regenerative workshop

    Fellowship events


    Join us online to consider how we can contribute to a regenerative future.

  • Around the community kitchen table

    Fellowship events

    Bath Spa University - Locksbrook Campus, BA1 3EL

    Bath Community Kitchen (BCK) will share their work using communal meals and cookery workshops to improve wellbeing in and around Bath.