If you enjoy making cards and trying your hand at craft activities, bookings are now open for an Easter themed workshop at the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa on Wednesday 18th March. Beginners and experienced crafters are all very welcome to come along and enjoy a morning of creative card-making and Easter crafts with a slightly vintage touch!

Greeting cards of all kinds gained widespread popularity in the nineteenth century with the advent of the postage stamp alongside improved printing methods, but it was in the late 1890’s that Easter cards really became prevalent. Many cards featured flowers, eggs, birds and animals associated with spring and the season of re-birth. It is very likely that the Wield family who lived in the Museum in Victorian times, would have exchanged Easter cards and gifts.

Eggs have long been viewed as symbols of new life and fertility and many Easter traditions have formed around eggs, which at one time were forbidden in Lent. For centuries, eggs have been decorated for Easter. In the 17th and 18th centuries, egg shaped toys were developed and filled with sweets, it is thought these originated in Germany. The first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873. It was not long before other companies followed suit and the chocolate egg gained popularity around the world!

The Easter themed creative craft and card-making workshop will be led by Kathy Holland and will be held on Wednesday 18th March from 10.00am – 1.00pm. It will be held at the Cottage Museum, Iddesleigh Road, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6SH. Admission is £7.50 and includes equipment and materials and of course, tea, coffee, biscuits and maybe a chocolate egg or two, so do come along and join us.

To book a place, please email cottagemuseum@virginmedia.com or call the Museum Chairman on 01526 353455

We look forward to meeting you!