image for Talk item typeAGM and Lecture: A load of Old Balls at Duke Street Baptist Church

Talk, Tue 2 Jul 2019

Contact

The Arts Society Richmond

020 8892 9696

Address

Duke Street,
Richmond,
TW9 1DH

Details

Speaker: Simon Ingris

According to historian Barbara Tuchman, the invention of the ball ranks as highly as the invention of the wheel. Simon Inglis agrees, especially after spending years delving into cubbyholes at pavilions and museums, in workshops and factories, finding out how these apparently simple objects came into being and how their design and manufacture has evolved.

He asks, why are marbles glass? Why did the discovery of gutta percha transform golf? Why were games such as lawn tennis and ping pong made possible only in the mid 19th century? Why did some billiard balls explode, and why are rugby balls such an odd shape?

In 1853 the ingredients of one manufacturer's cricket balls were listed as cork, worsted, hemp, brown oats, suet, lard, alum, stale ale and dragon's blood. Can this really be true or is it perhaps just a load of old balls?

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 2 Jul 2019 19:00

Prices

Members: Free
Guests: £5 per person payable at the door.
NADFAS members: £4 payable at the door.
Students: Free, upon production of your student card

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 179750  Lat: 51.46171 Long: -0.30407

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station

Facilities

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