Welcome to The Arts Society: Sparkenhoe

The Next Lecture

DECEMBER 4 2017 


A Lecture by Claire Walsh 

Before the Victorians reinvented Christmas, the traditional

Christmas was very different. Devoid of Father Christmas,

trees and commercialisation, the emphasis was on gentility

and sociability, as set in many scenes by Jane Austen.

Novels, letters, paintings & engravings will bring the

Georgian Christmas to life.



Claire Walsh is an experienced lecturer, including for the Courtauld Institute, the V&A, the Costume Society& the Museum of London,  &in continental Europe, the USA & Canada.