Presented on Zoom by Bruce Richardson, tea historian

Victorian Glasgow was filled with tearooms, thanks in part to the grand maven of tea Catherine Cranston, who owned four prosperous tea parlors by 1903. She turned to local artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for help with their design; one of them remains operational today. Tea historian Bruce Richardson discusses the history of British tea, Mackintosh’s relationship with Catherine Cranston, and the influence of japonisme on Scottish tea and art at the turn of the twentieth century. This one-hour illustrated Zoom lecture will include an optional at-home tea tasting, followed by a twenty-minute question-and-answer session.

Purchase your tea tasting kit from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas. Place your order by Thursday, June 17, to receive it in time for this program.

Bruce Richardson has been at the forefront of the American tea renaissance for thirty years. He is the author of a dozen books about tea, including The New Tea CompanionThe Great Tea Rooms of Britain, and A Social History of Tea. Bruce serves as a contributing editor for TeaTime magazine, tea master for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and master blender at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas.


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