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Dulwich Picture Gallery – December events


Tove Jansson
25 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

The first UK retrospective of one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson (1914–2001). Known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, Jansson’s broader output of graphic illustrations and paintings are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.

The Private Made Public: Jacopo Bassano, The Adoration of Kings
10 Oct 2017 – 21 Jan 2018
Usually accessible by appointment only at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, this dazzling renaissance treasure is given the spotlight.


Moomin Winter Weekend 
15 – 17 Dec
In celebration of our Tove Jansson exhibition, join us for a wintry weekend of Moomin-themed adventures and explore the wisdom and wonder of Jansson’s most celebrated characters.

A Moomin Winter’s Eve
15 Dec, 6 – 10pm, £15.50 Standard, £12.50 Friends / Concessions
Enjoy talks, workshops and more exploring the magical tales of Moominvalley.

Moomins and the Comet (Live Re-Score}
15 Dec, 10 – 11.30pm, £8
Join us for an exclusive screening and live re-score of the cult 1983 stop-motion animation The Moomins and the Comet performed by the original composer, Graeme Miller.

A Moomin Winter’s Day
16 & 17 December, 10am – 5pm, Exhibitions & Activites: Family ticket £26, Adult £14, Senior Citizens £13, Concessions £6.25, Children FREE. Activities only ticket: Adult £8, Senior Citizens £7, Children FREE.
Celebrate the festive period with a variety of Moomin-themed activities including puppetry, storytelling and creative drop-in workshops.

Lectures & Talks

Contextual Lecture Series: Continental Culture: The Road to Europe
All lectures, Tuesday mornings 10.30 – 11.30am, £12, £10 Friends
Throughout this series, we examine facets of European development, social and political unrest and the remapping of a continent.

Professor AC Grayling
The European Idea: History, Culture and Place
12 Dec
Europe has gone through many upheavals in its tumultuous and world-changing past. What does the logic of history tell us about the coming phase of European culture and history?​

Gallery Film

Each sociable evening includes a complimentary glass of wine, snacks and film notes. Bar opens at 7.00pm. Screenings at 7.30pm. Linbury Room. £9; £7 Friends.

High Society
11 Dec
Cert PG/110 mins. Directed by Charles Walters, with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly. A spoilt heiress, about to marry for the second time, doesn’t care for having her ex-husband living next door. Things get complicated when a reporter is assigned to cover the wedding, and he finds himself falling in love with her.

Family Events

Mini Masterpieces: Tove Jansson and the World of the Moomins 
5 Dec
10am – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm
£12 per adult & child
Experience the delights of our Collection with your child aged 6-24 months. Enjoy the exhibition with creative activities tailored for you and your baby, followed by a hands-on, sensory art session.

Early Introductions: Tove Jansson
8 Dec, 8.30 – 10am, Adults standard exhibition entry charge, children FREE
Gain exclusive access to Tove Jansson (1914–2001) with your little ones! Buggies, roaming toddlers and excited squeals encouraged. Enjoy a flower garland-making activity and a Moomin playhouse in this relaxed, family-friendly viewing. 

Off The Wall

Meet new people, work with a professional artist and engage in lively discussion as you challenge the role of galleries for young people today. Working in the Gallery you will explore universal themes such as love, power, beauty and equality, using our Permanent Collection and temporary exhibitions as your stimuli.
Saturday 16 Dec, 2 – 4pm. Free

For more information and to join the booking email list for this course please contact


Dulwich Hamlet Football Club – December news

With the team sitting comfortably at the top of the league, Dulwich Hamlet has entered a period of uncertainty. For those who are not aware, the operators of the Football Club and owners of Champion Hill (Meadow Residential) announced the withdrawal of all financial assistance to the football club. They have handed back responsibility and payment of the players and staff to the Club’s owner, Nick McCormack. This action potentially threatens the Club’s ability to compete at a level which matches the ambition and the Trust Board has been working hard, alongside the Football Committee, to find a solution. However, this has been made harder by the fact that key information, and clarity on the situation, has not been forthcoming (at the time of writing). We will continue to work hard and try our best to reach a positive outcome for club, its’ supporters and the local community.

What has become clear since this announcement from the Dulwich Hamlet’s Football Club Committee, and the local and national media attention that followed, is just how much people care about Dulwich Hamlet. The level of support for the Club has been overwhelming; not just from our own supporters and the local community, but from the wider football community around the world. This support suggests that, should the situation worsen, we will not go without a fight. The response to fundraising efforts has been terrific and we are very fortunate to have the 12thman scheme (@dhfc12 ) already in place. It provides a direct way of funding the team to make up any shortfall that has resulted from recent events.

You can support the work we do by joining the Supporters’ Trust. I am pleased to say that over the last couple of weeks we have had a fantastic response from supporters, with over 150 new members signing up.  This takes us to well over 500 members in total, which is the largest member base the Trust has ever reached. It was only less than a week before that we celebrated our 400th member (who is also one of our youngest), thanks to Tim Glenn signing up his young son George. George was also a mascot against Staines Town earlier this season and attends most games with his Dad. You can join Tim, George and over 400 other members by joining the Supporters’ Trust at tonight’s match. Sign up in the shop or join us online via our website at costs just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under 18s.

Alongside many new members, this month saw a huge surge in sales of merchandise at our online shop ( This was partly fuelled by receiving the latest batch of replica shirts, which are now available to buy. Purchasing merchandise from the Trust shop also helps direct funds back to the Football Committee as we currently share a percentage of our profits with them.

Details can be found below of home matches coming up in December at Champion Hill.

Tuesday 19 December – Wingate & Finchley 19:45 KO

Saturday 25 December – Leiston 15:00 KO

Monday 1 January – Kingstonian 15:00 KO

Visit the Club’s website for all the up to date and follow them on Twitter @DulwichHamletFC


Five top tips for the perfect fragranced door or table wreath

by Jessica Walker – home-made

Before getting started, take a few moments to think about your scheme. Decide on your foliage, decorations and ribbon. I have used scented pinecone to add fragrance.

You will need:

  • A wreath base, available from florists and craft shops
  • A spool of wire, and stick wire, as above
  • A pair of secateurs or sharp scissors
  • Moss
  • Evergreen foliage – a selection. Available from florists, but also have a look around your garden.
  • Fir cones – mine have been scented, with cinnamon, orange, cedar and myrrh to add a unique touch. and are available from Two cones, at Scotch Meats West Dulwich.
  • Ribbon – optional
  • Pillar candles – optional

Step 1

Your masterpiece, like all formidable constructions will need to be structurally sound. Do not rush this stage. Arrange your moss around your wreath base. Then take the spool of wire and attach the end to the base. Wind the wire around the moss firmly to secure it to the base. Work around for a nice even circle.

Step 2

Cut your evergreen foliage into even sprigs. (Workable pieces) and use the wire spool to attach these to the moss base.

Step 3

To give your wreath depth of colour and texture be sure to layer it with different shades of evergreen, berries, holly or even flowers and herbs.

Step 4

Finally, add your scented pinecones by using the stick wire to attach.

Step 5

You have now successfully made your own festive wreath!

Use a ribbon to secure it to a door, mirror fireplace or add the pillar candles for a sensational centrepiece for your table.

With the scent from the pinecones you can truly embrace the festive sights, smells and cheer of Christmas.

Two Cones – Now available at Scotch Meats, on Rosendale Road SE21 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 1pm throughout the months of November and December.


Dulwich hockey players get training from Olympic gold medallist

Olympic hockey star Hollie Webb gave students at James Allen’s Girls’ School an insight to how she reached the pinnacle of her sport before taking to the pitch with the school squads.

Hollie, who scored the Gold medal winning penalty in the final against The Netherlands at the Rio Olympics spent yesterday in East Dulwich to pass on some of her skills to hockey stars of the future. 

At the start of the day she spoke to all students at assembly where she talked about her journey to Rio 2016 and the ethos of the Team GB Hockey team that led them to gold medal glory.

She spent the rest of the day on the astro turf, putting the school’s hockey squads through their paces with some of Team GB’s training drills. The girls also had the chance to ask about her experience in Rio and get her tips on how to reach the highest level in the sport.

At the end of each training session, Hollie rewarded the players for their hard work by signing their hockey sticks. She also gave them a final incentive to keep practicing by passing her gold medal round to show what they could go on to achieve.


Holocaust survivor talks to Dulwich schoolgirls about challenging hate and prejudice

On Wednesday, students from James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) heard the moving testimony of Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman who also gave her message of hope for eliminating intolerance.

Freda Wineman, 94, spoke to the students about her ordeal of being captured by the Nazis and held in four concentration camps, including Auschwitz where her mother and brother were sent straight to the gas chamber. Mrs Wineman told how she was selected to work, sorting through the belongings of those who had been murdered, then later being forced to dig trenches for mass graves. The students then heard how she was transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she suffered illness and starvation in the appalling conditions as well as abuse by the guards.

She explained how the lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant today:

“We need to understand what happened. To see the underlying causes of hatred and to learn from them. My hope and prayer is that telling our stories will strengthen you, especially the young people, to challenge prejudice wherever it raises its ugly head. And in doing so, help ensure that hatred and what it brings will be reduced and one day eliminated.”

Her testimony was organised as part of JAGS’s Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Education (PSHCE) programme which is designed to help its students develop life skills beyond the education syllabus, including empathy, compassion and active citizenship. The schools aim is that by hearing some of the personal stories within the horror that took place, the pupils will be  encouraged to make a positive difference in their lives.

After telling her story, Mrs Wineman concluded by saying:

“Sadly today we are experiencing once again the rise of anti-Semitism and other manifestations of racism and intolerance. It gives me so much pain that this can somehow become acceptable again.

“However there is hope, I speak to many schools where there are teenagers of all races and creeds. Their understanding of humanity and tolerance and the need to live together in peace and goodwill is a wonderful example to us all. Only by remembering what happened can we honour the memory of the millions who perished, only by remembering and challenging prejudice can we reduce hatred and dare to hope for a better future for the generation that follow us.”

The visit was arranged through the Holocaust Education Trust which aims to raise awareness and understanding in schools and the wider public of the Holocaust and its relevance today.

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust added:
“The Holocaust Educational Trust educates and engages students from across the UK, from all communities about the Holocaust and there can be no better way than through the first-hand testimony of a survivor. Freda’s story is one of tremendous courage during horrific circumstances and by hearing her testimony, students will have the opportunity to learn where prejudice and racism can ultimately lead.”