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What's On > Of Love and Lace - CANCELLED

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery

Date: Thursday 7th February, 2019
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Cost: 12
Group Discount: Buy 10+ tickets and save 10%
Booking information: Box office: 01582 878100

Luton Culture presents


Share the love and join Head of Heritage and Collections, Elise Naish, for an evening talk as she explores the museum’s collection of fascinating Valentine’s cards, including the exquisite paper lace valentines.

The tradition of sending love tokens and notes on 14th February has been around for hundreds of years, with the earliest surviving valentines dating from the 15th century. However, it wasn't until the Victorian era that the beautiful paper lace valentines began to emerge. This technique is said to have been discovered by Joseph Addenbrooke in 1834 when, while working on making embossed papers for a company called Dobbs, he accidentally filed off the raised part of the paper and was left with a pattern of tiny holes that looked remarkably like delicate lace.

Join us to learn more fascinating facts about the development of Valentines cards, such as the introduction of mass production, plus get the chance to witness some of the beautiful keep-sakes that we have in our collection, some of which have never before been on display.

Customer notice: some areas of the museum may be closed at the time of your visit due to ongoing maintenance work. Click here for further information.

Age guidance: 12+

Book for two of our talks in one transaction and save 20%! This offer applies to Of Love and Lace and
If Hats Could Talk.