Get into the festive spirit with two seasonal talks in December

Festive fancies from the Victorian era are the subject of a talk entitled Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas at Rochester Community Hub on Monday, 12 December at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Toni Mount – who will be in Victorian costume – and she will be looking at Victorian Christmas traditions and food (including some of Mrs Beeton’s own recipes).

The talk will also include a brief biography of Mrs Beeton herself who is famed for writing Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, which was published in 1861.

The event is free but booking is essential. Phone Chatham Library on 01634 337411.

Toni Mount will also be exploring Christmas in a medieval household as part of the Wigmore Lectures at 8pm on Wednesday, 21 December at Wigmore Library.

A Medieval Housewife’s Christmas will look at everyday life in the Middle Ages, popular customs, food and pastimes associated with yuletide celebrations. This talk will also be presented in period costume.

Please note, Toni’s Medieval Housewife presentation replaces the previously advertised talk on Father Christmas, the speaker for which is now unavailable.

The Wigmore Lectures, presented by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team, in collaboration with Medway Libraries, frequently sell out. To avoid disappointment, book in advance. Tickets for this lecture are £4.75 and include a glass of wine and a mince pie. Phone Wigmore Library on 01634 235576.

Toni Mount is an experienced teacher, speaker and author. Her subjects cover history from Roman Britain to the 1950s. She has a degree in history from the University of Kent.