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Is Christmas in Good Taste? David Phillips Thursday 19 December 2019

Even in ancient Rome people made complaints about the mid-winter Saturnalia celebrations remarkably like the ones we hear today about our commercialised Christmas. In a light-hearted historical review we discover some wonderful and some gloriously awful Christmas imagery, from Giotto’s painting of the first Christmas crib until Dickens meets Coca Cola amongst the movers and shakers who sometimes seem to have turned Christmas into Kitschmas. 

David Phillips studied History at Oxford, and from 1968-82 worked for Nottingham Castle Museum.  He was a lecturer in Museum Studies and Art History at University of Manchester and has published a book about museum practice with Manchester University Press, Exhibiting Authenticity 1997.