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Online Talk: Christmas Customs

Bringing some festive cheer from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to your home! Sit back with a mince pie and enjoy Anthony Burton’s talk about seasonal customs from Christmas past. The Victorians rediscovered many traditional customs from wassail bowls and yule logs to mummers and boar’s heads. Anthony Burton explores this ‘re-invention of Christmas’ and considers to what extent the Gaskells were caught up in it.

8th Dec 2021

7pm - 8pm

We've got a house...it certainly is a beauty...I must try and make the house give as much pleasure to others as I can.’

Elizabeth Gaskell, in a letter to her friend Eliza Fox in 1850.