29th November 2016

Step into the Christmas Card

Caroline Holmes

Caroline Holmes has lectured in the UK, USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. She also lectures for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, NADFAS, the Royal Horticultural Society, travel companies and the Landmark Trust. She is a consultant designer specializing in evoking historical, artistic and symbolic references. Author of 11 books including Impressionists in their Gardens, Follies of Europe: Architectural Extravaganzas, and Monet at Giverny. Theatre productions: How does your garden grow Mr. Shakespeare? and Impressionists in their Gardens: living light and colour. She is a presenter and contributor on television and BBC Radio 4.

For the last 150 years Christmas cards have been adorned with nativity scenes or holly, ivy and mistletoe, a rotund Father Christmas, hosiery, and trees. Sacred and profane, plant symbolism and carols that echo the sacred magic of the nativity scene, the lowing animals popularized by St Francis of Assisi, the shepherds and kings. There are also fashion plates, New Year wishes and cartoons. So what on earth do Christmas cards portray – tasty, tasteful or tasteless?

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

The Hull Literary & Philosophical Society is registered as a Charity No 507226