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Christmas Soirée

December 14, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Join us to celebrate the end of the year with our Annual Christmas Soirée and Mulled Wine Reception.

The meeting will begin with Society business and will be followed by the paper:

The History of Christmas

by Professor Ronald Hutton FSA

Most people assume that the way we celebrate Christmas is largely Victorian but that most of its traditions come ultimately from the ancient pagan past. This talk poses the following questions concerning this assumption: how old are our Christmas traditions and from where do they really come, and are any genuinely old? In other words, what actually is Christmas?

Admission to the Ordinary Meeting is free as usual but we recommend that you register in advance. We hope Fellows and Affiliates will join us for our annual Mulled Wine Reception, following the miscellany meeting. Admission to Mulled Wine Reception is by ticket only (£10). Guests are welcome!

This event will be both in person at Burlington House and online. Please select the appropriate ticket below.

Attendance at Burlington House:

  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows, Affiliates and General Public.
  • Places in person will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The event will begin at 17.00 GMT. Please arrive in plenty of time.
  • Registration is essential for non-Fellows but we encourage Fellows to register as well.
  • Admission to Mulled Wine Reception is by ticket only (£10).
  • Fellows must ensure they sign the guest book and sign their guests in.

The schedule for the evening if attending in person:

  • Refreshments are served from 16.30 GMT in the council room.
  • The meeting begins at 17.00 GMT with the lecture starting at approximately 17.10 GMT.
  • Lectures run for approximately 45min and are followed by a short Q&A.
  • Sherry is served in the Foyer following the lecture.

Attendance by Live Stream:

  • Open to anyone to join, Fellows, Affiliates and General Public.
  • The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube here.
  • The event will begin at 17.00 GMT.
  • You will receive an email reminder with the link to join the day before the lecture.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

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December 14, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm