The History of Christmas
A talk by Prof. Ronald Hutton
11th December at 7.30pm
The Assembly Rooms
Marlborough Town Hall
Continuing on from the success of two previous talks on such diverse subjects as ‘The Great Exhibition 1851’ and ‘The History of Jet Aircraft in the RAF’ we are presenting this thought provoking seasonal talk asking the question:
When did Christmas become Christmas? How old are the customs we generally observe for todays Christmas: prehistoric or Victorian? Are Santa Claus and Father Christmas the same, and where did they come from? Are there any enduring characteristics of this festival that will always survive? This talk is designed to answer all these questions.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite, phone: 01672 870300 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets cost £10.00 and include seasonal treats.
Professor Hutton is a leading authority on history of the British Isles in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As a broadcaster and academic, Ronald Hutton is an excellent choice to inform us on this ever-changing part of our heritage.