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History - History of Language of Flowers

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Delivered online
Mixed Level
13:00 - 15:00
3 weeks

Course delivered online via zoom

Floral symbolism has been a feature of the cultural heritage of every civilisation; from the Egyptians to the Victorians, flowers have carried potent meaning and associations. Throughout history, plants have been cultivated as much for their symbolic associations as for their practical or decorative functions. This course will introduce you to the ‘language of flowers’, examining its application through history, with particular reference to Egyptian, Classical, Persian, Tudor and Victorian examples.
By the end of the session, you should be able to:
Identify the symbolic meaning of one or more plants or flowers.
Describe one or more of the cultural uses of the language of flowers through history.
Discuss the reasons for the use of the secret or exclusive symbolic code associated with plants and flowers across different cultures through history.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

View all courses taught by Naomi Dickins here

How will I be taught?

There will be tutor input and discussion as well as visual representations. The tutor will give feedback.

What do I need to have with me?

Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in social and natural history, you may wish to have with you note taking materials.

What can I do next?

We offer a range of history, architecture and social history courses. Please ask at a Centre or go to
If you would like to replicate some of the patterns learn during this course the tutor is delivering this course TWL/64949/G/LC Textiles - Art Nouveau Style Evening Bag

What do I need to join the course

The course is open to everyone interested. No prior knowledge required, just a love for nature adn flowers!

You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor will send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/108430/K/NC.