Christmas

Hands up if you don’t like Christmas cake…

Wait how do you know you like it or not?

Around the world and throughout history these festive desserts have developed in all shapes and sizes and using lots of different ingredients.

Discover the cakes that different countries favoured. What are the origins of these traditions?

Get a chance to see, smell, even taste some of the ingredients and, of course, sample some delicious cakes!

(Careful of the spices, on their own they can blow the top of your head off).

You will get a recipe leaflet so you can try making these cakes yourself.

Mulled wine will be available to purchase at the event.

If you have any allergies please let us know

Purchase online or pay at the Museum Welcome Desk.

If you have any questions please contact us:
Email: northhertsmuseum@north-herts.gov.uk
Tel: 01462 474554

first world war embroidered christmas card

First World War Christmas Card

As you open your Christmas cards this year, imagine opening one like the one above, beautifully embroidered by hand, and sent to you from the front line of the First World War. This card helped to connect soldiers to their families at home, and they would have waited eagerly for a reply.

Silk postcards grew in popularity from 1915, though they first appeared around 1900. Some estimates suggest as many as 10 million cards were produced during the First World War.

Each card was produced as part of a cottage industry which saw mostly women engaged in intricate designs being hand embroidered onto strips of silk mesh, the design being repeated as many as 25 times on a strip. This was then sent to a factory for cutting and mounting as postcards and greetings cards. The cards themselves were bought from civilians trying to scrape a living from supplying soldiers’ needs in the immediate war zone. They were not cheap, each one costing as much as three times the daily pay of the average soldier. Although they are postcards, they were often sold and sent home in an envelope to protect their contents.

There is a huge range; some had sentimental messages, such as “friendship”, “birthday greetings”, “Home Sweet Home” and some cards celebrated festivals and holidays. Many had delicately opening pockets with a small card insert. Others would give “Greetings from France” or poignant messages “from the trenches”.

Today this card connects us to events that occurred 100 years ago, and reminds us of the people who were not so different from us.

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