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Arts Society Huddersfield / Events / Thu 17 Sep 2020

The Transformation of English Provincial Towns CANCELLED

The Transformation of English Provincial Towns CANCELLED

Lecture by Carolyn Knight at 7.15pm. (Doors open 6.30pm) CANCELLED
Provincial towns developed substantially over the 18th century, with elegant new buildings providing spaces for social life: assembly rooms for dances and card playing, theatres for plays and concerts, grandstands to watch races. In county towns especially, the gentry had houses for use over the winter and for special occasions, so families could socialize, shop and avoid the isolation of country life. The increasingly prosperous middle classes who lived in the towns could commission portraits, buy the latest books, go to plays and promenade along socially exclusive walks in their elegant dress. The lecture will look at various towns, such as York, Norwich and Nottingham, as well as considering the rise of resorts such as Bath and Brighton.

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7.15pm University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield
Room SJG/11, Spärck Jones Building
Firth Street

Tickets at the door. £7.50 for non-members

Telephone: 07710 257 337

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