As the Napoleonic Wars ended, a catastrophic volcanic eruption in Indonesia threw up huge clouds of dust into the atmosphere, affecting global weather patterns. As such the summer of 1816 in the UK was one of the wettest and coldest ever recorded. Famine and suffering were rife around the world. Yet these grim conditions inspired some of the greatest literature and art of the Romantic period, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the publication of Kubla Khan and some of the greatest paintings Turner and Constable ever produced.
If you would like to learn more about this extraordinary year, then go along to Rampton Village Hall on Saturday 3rd August, when Judith Hedley will talk more about ‘The year without a summer’. The talk will be from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, tickets cost £8.00 and everyone is welcome. This short course is presented by the WEA and for further details, please contact Martin Cree, Rampton Village Hall Warden on 07471 877504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.