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Everything stops for tea! Anne Anderson Wednesday 06 November 2019

It’s amazing what an influence the taking of tea has had on power, politics, art, culture and design since Catherine of Braganza first introduced it to Europe in 1660s.

At our November Special Interest Day, with much humour, Dr Anne Anderson gave us an insight into the ritual of taking tea and the paraphernalia developed as a result. Her lectures were accompanied by some lovely slides.

After a delicious buffet lunch and tea tasting Anne discussed a wide range of tea artefacts brought in by participants. It was an informative and enjoyable day.

What a lot of history can be found in a cup of tea!

Charting the story of tea drinking from the 18th Century to the present day, this day of special interest will end with tea tasting and a discussion of pieces of tea-related paraphernalia brought in by members. We will take tea with Hogarth and Tissot in the style of the day.

This day combines the development of British tea wares with social history and fashion. We will even touch on antiques collecting and values. A wonderful selection of images will demonstrate the elegance of taking tea from the 18th century to the 1950s.

10.30    Lecture 1 – Taking Tea with Hogarth – the 18th century. It was during the 18th century that the rituals and “equipage” of tea drinking were established. Hogarth, famous for recording middle class life, shows us exactly how tea was drunk at the time. The passion for china took off with the advent of tea drinking but during the 18th century both tea and china were expensive. When Spode invented bone china, at the end of the 1790s, good quality porcelains became more affordable.

11.30    Coffee

12.00    Lecture 2 – Taking Tea with Tissot – the 19th century and beyond. During the Victorian era the paraphernalia associated with tea drinking mushroomed, from infusers to strainers and drip-catchers. Manufacturers had to cater for a mass market. The café boom of the late 19th century produced Miss Cranston's Teashops in Glasgow, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Lyons Corner houses. At the seaside one enjoyed the tea-dance while, at sea, the great transatlantic passenger liners, Mauritania and Aquitania and later the Queen Mary were floating palaces where everything stopped for tea at 4pm.

13.00    Lunch – to include tea tasting

14.15    Session 3 – A discussion of pieces of tea related paraphernalia brought in by participants (at your own risk).

15.30    Approximate finish

Cost: £33 to include a buffet lunch, wine, soft drinks and tea/coffee.

CHEQUES should be made payable to THE ARTS SOCIETY, GORING.

Bookings are non-transferable (a refund may be possible if you advise me in good time).

Jenny Boler

Jessamine Cottage, Limetree Road, Goring, Reading RG8 9EY

01491 873481

Booking: September, October 2019

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Please note there is an incorrect date on the membership card for this day of special interest – the correct date is Wednesday 6th November 2019.