Thursday 21st February 2019
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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 14 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 Luton Culture 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 they have in their collection, some of which have never been on display before.

Age guidance: 12+

For more information, visit the Luton Culture website.

Date Thursday 7 February 2019
Time 19:30 - 20:30
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Wardown House, Museum and Gallery Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA


Luton Culture: Box Office
E: [email protected]
T: 01582 878100

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