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A Gloucestershire ‘Archives’ Christmas: John Putley Online

8 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Talk

It’s clear that there has always been some sort of midwinter festival celebrated in Europe and this presentation will explore the history of Christmas and the customs associated with the ancient midwinter festival, many of which were adopted/hijacked by the Christian celebration.  It does deconstruct Christmas to a certain degree but rest assured it builds it back up again and comes with all the Christmas trimmings including a wealth of images and material pertaining to Christmas that are held in the County archives. So, deck the halls and trim those trees and settle down with a drop of mulled wine and a mince pie and prepare to be enthralled by the magic of Christmastide!

The Speaker

John was born in Cheltenham and has lived in Gloucestershire almost all his life.  After 20 years in the family engineering form then ended up doing most of the Archives’ learning and outreach work…… despite having absolutely no qualifications in either profession!  He is interested in pretty much everything revolving around history, archaeology, palaeontology, astronomy and natural history.  In the last 15 years or so he has developed an ‘unhealthy’ interest in re-enactment mainly because he likes dressing up.

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8 December
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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GFHS: On Line Event