The Corkscrew - A Thing of Beauty

by John Ericson

Thursday 23rd April 2020


Over the last two decades, antique corkscrews have become highly collectable with some reaching five-figure sums at auction. In this light-hearted lecture John presents the case for regarding corkscrews not just as being mere utilitarian tools but things of real beauty.


In this well-illustrated talk, John shares his enthusiasm for corkscrews, tracing their history and development from the eighteenth century while demonstrating some of the more intriguing and bizarre mechanisms for extracting corks from bottles!



John was formerly a lecturer at the University of Bath where he was Director of Studies in the School of Education with responsibility for the professional development of teachers. He has worked extensively overseas as an educational consultant and this has given him the opportunity to give lectures and presentations at conferences all over the world. In 2011 and again in 2017 he undertook extensive lecture tours of Australia and New Zealand and has been a popular speaker on the NADFAS circuit for a number of years.


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