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A print by James Gillray depicting 'The Union Club'.

A History of Gin (with gin tastings) – The Age of Gillray

February 7 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm

with Dr Steven Parissien

A history of Mother’s Ruin from Gin Lane to today’s sophisticated drink, complete with gin tastings. (Please note that the cost of this lecture will be £30 to cover the price of the various gins.)

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The Watering Place café is open from 6pm on Wednesday 7 February 2024. Why not make an evening of it with a special dish served by our caterers, Stellar Catering? We look forward to drinking and being merry together! See the menu here. No need to book, pay on the evening.

About the lecture series

This engaging and entertaining lecture series looks not just at the inspired and salacious art of late Georgian satirist James Gillray, but also at the Britain in which he lived. Some of the subjects covered will range from Gillray and George IV to Georgian fashion and the rise of British Gin!

Each lecture starts at 5pm in the Landscape Studio and costs £20 (aside from the last lecture, which costs £30). If you book for all 10 you qualify for a discount. The cost for all 10 lectures together is £180.

These lectures are fundraising events for Gainsborough’s House.

Please note that lecture titles may change.

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