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Hey Diddle Diddle - History & Meaning of Nursery Rhymes

Event Description

Passed on down through the generations from parents to children, nursery rhymes have been part of our childhood. Many are veiled commentaries on political events and people in power, using subtle references and clever wordplay. Some nursery rhymes have it all, like a good film, royal scandal, illicit love affairs, and bloodshed.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Sandy Leong

Meet the Host, Sandy

Sandy Leong is an historian, passionate about bringing history to life and is a lively and entertaining speaker. She has a popular series of entertaining, light hearted talks on general historical subjects. However she specialises in the Tudors, an exciting time in the country as it was changing fast; and in the Viking period, who are much more than the stereotype of raiders in horned helmets. She is an international, professional speaker, and published author.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!


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    July 2021

    Really interesting event. The presenter was very well informed and put the information across in a humorous but factual way. Thoroughly enjoyed this presentation.

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    July 2021

    I thought the talk was very interesting and entertaining. It was interesting to learn about the historical background. A lot of research must have been involved in order to produce this talk.

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    July 2021

    It has been many years since I read and taught my children the many and varied nursery rhymes of our English heritage which at the time I gave very little thought to their origin. Now that I am teaching them to my grandchildren, it was absolutely fascinating listening to the origins of some of them. A book is long overdue with all that information about the rhymes in one place. Please do think about writing one. One of the best Mirthy talks I have listened to. Thank You.