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Inventing Santa

Think of Father Christmas and chances are you'll picture a jolly bearded man wearing red and white suit but has he always appeared that way? Today Accredited Lecturer Alan Read talks to us about the origins of Father Christmas and how his image has changed over time, from the 4th century to advertisements today.


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Surrey Young Carers recently received support from The Arts Society Farnham to run two pottery workshops for young carers, giving them the opportunity to meet those in a similar situation and do something creative.

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Fabulously, thank you for making the build up to Christmas Day so enjoyable and informative

Angela Errington Sat, 25/12/2021 - 08:30 Permalink

Fascinating Alan, thank you. Now I will open my presents, regrettably not delivered by Santa, but now I feel I know him a bit better! Merry Xmas.

Pat (AS Hamburg)

Pat Pledger Sat, 25/12/2021 - 08:30 Permalink

Really enjoyed artvent, thank you arts soc. So much better than the chocolates.

Pauline Sat, 25/12/2021 - 08:29 Permalink

Hope Santa brought you what you wished, Merry Christmas to all.

Muriel Lowe Sat, 25/12/2021 - 08:28 Permalink

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the wide ranging nature of these talks and have learnt a lot.

Christine Taylor Sat, 25/12/2021 - 08:07 Permalink

Very good.

I wish to thank The Arts Society for producing the artvent a brilliant idea.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Janet Sat, 25/12/2021 - 07:48 Permalink

Does the art society grant to any projects in the north west?

Helen Sat, 25/12/2021 - 07:31 Permalink

Hello Heather, To see subtitles when watching the video, 'click' on the box with"cc" on it at the bottom right of the video as you start watching it (CC stands for Closed Captions, which is the technical term for subtitles).

editor Sat, 25/12/2021 - 07:24 Permalink

Subtitles, please

Heather Sat, 25/12/2021 - 04:50 Permalink

lovely thank you

jill allan Sat, 25/12/2021 - 00:36 Permalink