Victorian Valentines’ Card-making at the Cottage Museum


Bookings are now open for a new card-making workshop inspired by St Valentine’s Day, which developed rapidly in popularity during the Victorian period, especially between 1840 and 1860. The workshop will be held at the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa on Wednesday 28th January. Both beginners and experienced crafters are all very welcome. The session will include using a variety of materials to make cards and a small gift inspired by Victorian imagery and creations.

St Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on the 14th February in many countries throughout the world. Saint Valentine was one of the early Christian saints, and legend has it that St Valentine of Rome was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians. Saint Valentine was martyred in AD 496. According to legend, St Valentine cut hearts from parchment, giving them to soldiers and persecuted Christians. Other symbols commonly associated with the celebration include cupids, birds, flowers, and hearts.

By the 18th century, the day had evolved into an occasion when lovers expressed their feelings for each other by presenting gifts such as flowers and confectionery and sending handwritten notes. In 19th century England, hand-written cards gradually gave way to mass-produced paper greeting cards as printing technologies were developed.

The custom of sending anonymous messages was, and still is, popular in England. In Victorian times, fancy valentines were made both at home and commercially, using all manner of creative embellishments including paper and real lace, ribbons, feathers, glitter and dried flowers and ‘scraps’ which were popular in the Victorian period.

Everyone is welcome to come and try their hand at creating cards and a small gift. The session will be held at the Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa LN10 6SH on Wednesday 28th January 10.00am – 1.00pm and will be led by Kathy Holland. Admission is £7.50 each and will include equipment and materials. To book a place, please call the Museum Chairman 01526 353455 or email the Activity Manager on

 We look forward to welcoming you!!