Talk by Dr Gillian White – The Huggable History of the Teddy Bear (Thursday 23rd March)

Beat up Ted

** Please Note – This meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday 25th May **

When distinguished historian Dr Gillian White visits Clent History Society will she arrive hanging onto some ancient Teddy Bear of her own? Probably not, but she will have lots to tell us about Teddy Bears in her talk ‘The Hugely Huggable History of the Teddy Bear.’
Dr White has been curator of the Warwickshire Museum and of the National Trust property Hardwick Hall and is in great demand as a speaker. She will be telling us about the history of the last century and illustrating how the humble bear is linked to some of the most influential people of the times: King Edward VII (King Teddy)- as well as looking across to America and President Edward (Teddy)Roosevelt who gave the bear its name.
The bear was originally a product of the Steiff factory in Germany but there is a local link to the Midlands too as bears were made by Chad Valley in Birmingham.
Sounds fascinating. One not to miss. Do come along – bring your old teddy bear, if you must….

Taken from Newsletter NO 67 produced by Carole Hodgson (Sec CHS)

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