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Nativity scenes or cribs as we know them today found their roots in the 1300s. They started as display pieces for Italian churches.

Often made out of terracotta, these early Nativity sets were displayed year round. Since then they have evolved into a wonderfully diverse variety of artistic scenes.

In this lecture we will be looking at the art form of the crib from the carved masterpieces of the medieval era to the extraordinary semi-pagan variations of South America.

Christmas will never be the same again! 

Geri is a former Fleet Street journalist and film PR. She has a first-class honours degree in History and Theology, a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute and a Theology doctorate from Roehampton University in London. She has been lecturing for the past 14 years both in the UK and internationally. She is also principal lecturer on The Arts Society South West Area’s History of Art course and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Roehampton University.

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Visitors £8.

Lecture starts at 19.00 doors open at 18.00 for refreshments and registration if a member or payment as a guest if not.


Tel: 07766 380624


Mylor Theatre

Truro and Penwith College

College Road