Pringles, nibbles and mulled wine! A feast of Christmas cheer was celebrated at the museum last night. It was the Friends of the Museum Annual Christmas Party and for entertainment they were treated to ’The Travelling Light Magic Lantern Show.

First it was eyes down for the quiz, set by Jane, with boxes of Maltesers as prizes and then the audience settled down for the main event: ‘A Christmas Evening with Charles Dickens’.

Not many know that Ebeneezer Scrooge had a predecessor, namely Gabriel Grub, a gravedigger and church sexton. Dickens in 1836, in his ‘Pickwick Papers’, chapter 20, wrote a Christmas story similar to his famous 1843 novel ‘A Christmas Carol’.

We watched The Magic lantern’s brilliantly coloured slides of the 1870’s, unfold the story of Gabriel Grub to the accompaniment of international star pianist, Richard Lennox, with backing singers and narrators. Afterwards a compendium of traditional Christmas carols were beautifully sung with the audience joining in, and finally Richard played a medley of seasonal music in synchronisation with slide projections of revolving images cascading into a cacophony of myriad Kaleidoscope patterns, onto the silver screen, and then followed a roar of appreciative applause from the Members and their guests.

The Members and committee are to be congratulated on organising such a fine show and we can confidently look forward to the New Year for more exciting performances.



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