Talk – The Surprising Life of Constance Spry


Sue Shephard provides a fascinating insight into the life of society florist Constance Spry

Thursday 10 February 2011, 7pm (90mins)
£6 / £4 concessions

In the 1930s Constance Spry was famed for creating breathtaking floral window displays in a Bond Street perfumery. She was also a teacher and writer with an extensive knowledge of plants, gardening and floral decoration and author of the classic Constance Spry Cookery Book.

To mark the 50th anniversary of Spry’s death, Sue Shephard, author of ‘The Surprising Life of Constance Spry’, discusses her research and reveals Spry’s unconventional lifestyle and marriage, her relationship with Hannah Glucktin and extraordinary life as a society florist.
This event complements the Library’s major exhibition Hand Made Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts. This free exhibition runs until April 2011 and focuses on the role domestic crafts play in many women’s experiences. It draws on the connections between the current emergence of domestic crafts such as sewing, gardening, cooking and the historical roots of the domestic arts within the home.
Exhibition Times: Monday-Friday, 9.30-5.30; Thursday until 8pm, Saturday 10-4; closed Sunday
Events take place at:The Women’s Library, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT
Nearest tube: Aldgate/Aldgate East
To book: or phone 020 7320 2222
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