Is Christmas in Good Taste?

A talk on the wonderful and the gloriously awful in Christmas imagery

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Even in ancient Rome people made complaints about the mid-winter Saturnalia celebrations remarkably like the ones we hear today about our commercialised Christmas.


The Chiswick Decorative and Fine Arts Society's next lecture is on Thursday 10 December and will explore the subject of imagery, in a talk given by David Phillips.

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. From 1982-98, Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art History at University of Manchester. He has published a book about museum practice with Manchester University Press, 'Exhibiting Authenticity', 1997.

The Chiswick Decorative and Fine Arts Society meets for a monthly lecture on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm at POSK (Polish Cultural Centre), King Street, Hammersmith, W6 0RF. In addition, the Society organises visits, days of special interest and social events. There are also opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of preservation and conservation projects.

To find out more about Chiswick Decorative and Fine Arts Society contact us on 07437 413029 or email: Website:

December 4, 2015

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