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Herbert Illuminations

Tuesdays | 21 May | 18 June | 16 July

12.30pm – 1.30pm | Drop in | £3


21 May 

Things are changing - Charterhouse and the Heritage Park, London Road Cemetery, Drapers Hall, Whitefriars Gate, Priory Row the City Gates, Upper Precinct and the Burges have all been given the green light to be restored - is 2021 the target?  

Paul Maddocks chair of the Coventry Society will explain more details. The Coventry Society was set up nearly 50 years ago to save Kirby House in Little Park Street and other historic buildings of Coventry ever since.  


18 June

Historical musician and instrument maker Sophie Matthews explores the links between the visual and the aural in this one-hour presentation. Drawing on the works of great painters such as Brueghel, Hogarth and Bosch, Sophie presents a variety of images of historical woodwind instruments in their original social context. The symbolism of music in mediaeval and Renaissance arts is also explored, along with live performances of historical music upon authentic instruments. 


16 July

Operation Bernhard was the code name of a secret Nazi plan devised during the Second World War by the RSHA and the SS to destabilise the British economy by flooding the country with forged Bank of England £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. It was the largest counterfeiting operation in history. 

Steve Dimmer takes you through the setting up of the operation, the problems the German forgers overcame, and examines the consequences such a tactic would have had upon Wartime Britain.  He also explores what the forged money was actually used for and some of the theories of what happened to the £134 million of counterfeit notes. 

There will also be the opportunity to handle one of the few actual forged £5 notes that came from the scheme and has ended up in Steve’s possession.   

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