Making Giants: The Salisbury Giant and his kin - A talk by Alixe Bovey

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 18:30 to 20:00

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

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Fundraising Event

Dr Alixe Bovey is Head of Research at the Courtauld Institute and a specialist in the art and culture of the later Middle Ages. In this talk, she will describe how Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th century history of the kings of Britain led to the tradition of making figures of giants for public displays and processions. Starting with the triumphant entry of Henry V into the City of London after Agincourt in 1415 and continuing to the present day, our fascination with giants endures. Our own Salisbury Giant and the mischievous Hobnob are especially important survivors of this tradition and will feature in Alixe’s talk.