Members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps enjoy their Christmas Dinner, 1917

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A First World War Christmas

Soldiers throughout the First World War found ways to maintain morale and mark the festive season while separated from their loved ones.

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Christmas greetings from the front line

Christmas greetings from the front line

Here we look at some of the Christmas cards sent by soldiers during the First World War, and how they helped ease the pressures of life on the front line.

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Christmas in the trenches, 1915

A First World War Christmas

Soldiers throughout the First World War found ways to maintain morale and mark the festive season while separated from their loved ones.

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Parliamentarian soldiers at a tavern, c1645

The war on Christmas

In 1647, Christmas was almost cancelled as the Long Parliament and its army tried to banish all festivities that smacked against the sober Puritan values of the period.

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Jingle bell jive
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8 December 2019, 6.00pm

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Jingle bell jive

Jive back in time for an evening of swing and gin at our authentic Christmas-themed ‘40s dance night.

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Handmade Christmas crafts
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20 December 2019 - 21 December 2019

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Handmade Christmas crafts

Create your own 1940s-style wartime Christmas decorations out of recycled materials.

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Handmade Christmas crafts
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23 December 2019

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Handmade Christmas crafts

Create your own 1940s-style wartime Christmas decorations out of recycled materials.

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Handmade Christmas crafts
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27 December 2019 - 28 December 2019

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Handmade Christmas crafts

Create your own 1940s-style wartime Christmas decorations out of recycled materials.

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Handmade Christmas crafts
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30 December 2019 - 31 December 2019

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Handmade Christmas crafts

Create your own 1940s-style wartime Christmas decorations out of recycled materials.

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Handmade Christmas crafts
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2 January 2020 - 4 January 2020

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Handmade Christmas crafts

Create your own 1940s-style wartime Christmas decorations out of recycled materials.

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