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History of Valentine's Cards

History; Literature & Arts
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

True romantics will probably not be bothered about questions of money, but it's estimated that in 2020 we British spent approximately £1.5 billion on Valentine cards! But there's nothing new about commemorating St Valentine's Day, a festival that has been said to have its roots in an ancient Roman fertility celebration which took place around 13th-15th February each year. What we know is that by the mid-19th century some of our Valentine traditions were already firmly established.

This talk is for anyone who is interested in the history of celebrating St Valentine's Day and would like to take a look at some of the fashions in the design of Valentine cards over the centuries. Amazingly, a number of these cards have survived to show us how they developed over the years.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Margaret

Margaret has taught as a qualified lecturer in further, higher and adult education for over 33 years, and currently teaches English Literature and History in adult education. For many years, she has given talks to various different clubs, societies and other organisations, including Rotary and Probus Clubs, U3A’s, WI’s, Townswomen’s Guilds and Archaeological & Historical Societies. She writes a book review each month and contributes short local history topics for a community radio station, alongside writing published articles for the Brontë Society, the Jane Austen Society, Community Archives and the British Association for Local History. Her aim is that her talks are informative and interesting, with a touch of humour!

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