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History - A History of Christmas - Centre Based

Day of week:
The Amelia , Tunbridge Wells
Mixed Level
10:00 - 12:00
1 week

Tunbridge Wells

The celebration of Christmas has been a feature of the British calendar for over a thousand years – but how far back into that history can we date our favourite Christmas traditions and what other traditions have we lost or altered along the passage of those ten centuries? This short course will examine the origins and histories of some of our favourite festive customs, considering popular, religious and political and influences upon our seasonal celebrations.

By the end of this short course you should be able to:
• Name and describe one or more of the customs or traditions associated with Christmas in the British Isles
• Outline and debate the purported origins of one or more of these customs
• Describe and discuss the reasons for the continuation - or cessation – of one or more British Christmas customs

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

View all courses taught by Naomi Dickins here

How will I be taught?

We shall use small group work, tutor input and discussion.
You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Plan.

What do I need to bring with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social history, you may wish to bring note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a range of History, Literature and Drama courses in Tonbridge. The tutor can advise, or you can enquire in the Centre or visit our website on Please enrol on any course as soon as possible and at least one week before the start date.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. All you need is a sense of enquiry and an interest in History.

Getting to your course

Find us

The Amelia
The Amelia
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/123848/M/LC.