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Public Lecture: Santa, sprouts and angels: the popular imagery of Christmas

Lecture led by Dr Gail-Nina Anderson, historian of visual culture, as part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lecture Series

Date/Time: Thursday 13 December, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

In a society that generates ephemeral imagery for every occasion, Christmas offers the richest opportunity to track its creation and development in relationship to the beliefs and practices of the season. Since the advent of Christmas cards the central motif of the Nativity has been visibly challenged by personal, commercial, comical, media-generated and pagan imagery. This lecture offers a survey of the shifting visual folklore of our seasonal greetings.


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