WW1 display shares poignant messages from Lancashire soldiers

Lancashire soldiers from World War One

WW1 display shares poignant messages from Lancashire soldiers

Sisters Imogen, Lily and Amelia Taylor study a display in the ‘Somewhere in France’ exhibition.

First published in News

POSTCARDS and letters sent home from the trenches by Lancashire soldiers during the World War One have gone on display.

The emotional correspondence is part of an exhibition at Gawthorpe Hall, in Padiham, that looks at the way the war was documented on the front line.

As part of the exhibition, postcard expert Andrew Brooks will give a fascinating talk about the history of postcards and letters that were sent home from the trenches between 1914 and 1918.

Andrew is a renowned collector and expert on letters and postcards of the Great War, and has written a book on the subject.

Rachel Pollitt, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at Gawthorpe Hall, said the event looks at the ‘unique way’ the war was recorded by serving soldiers.

She said: “Andrew's talk forms an ideal introduction to our current exhibition, ‘Somewhere in France’.

“This is an exhibition of postcards and letters sent home from the trenches by Lancashire soldiers.

“The talk and exhibition look at the unique way in which the war was recorded through postcard art, and the soldiers’ own words, including the effect of censorship.

“There is also a special section featuring more than 30 embroidered postcards from the Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.”

The talk will take place on Thursday, April 24, from 7pm, with the opportunity to view the exhibition and speak to the curator from 6.30pm. Tickets are £5 per person, including refreshments, and booking is essential by calling 01282 771004, or e-mailing gawthorpehall@lancashire.gov.uk.

The ‘Somewhere in France’ exhibition runs until June 1.

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:05pm Wed 16 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh I wish I had a sack full of ww1 letters and postcards right now!
I am cold, burning them would warm me up. :-)
Oh I wish I had a sack full of ww1 letters and postcards right now! I am cold, burning them would warm me up. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -6

10:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

The long lost generation who never made it back from the great war,,a complete and utter destruction of the youth of this country and for what ? when l look around me l don,t think the poor soldiers who died and were maimed expected our country to end up like we are,old England will never be the same old England ever again,,we have been let down by the politicians for far too long and l see great upheaval on the horizon.
The long lost generation who never made it back from the great war,,a complete and utter destruction of the youth of this country and for what ? when l look around me l don,t think the poor soldiers who died and were maimed expected our country to end up like we are,old England will never be the same old England ever again,,we have been let down by the politicians for far too long and l see great upheaval on the horizon. noddy57
  • Score: -1

6:24am Thu 17 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour.

Lest we forget.
On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. Lest we forget. Excluded again
  • Score: 3

6:21am Fri 18 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Excluded again wrote:
On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour.

Lest we forget.
It's 100 years ago Please let it drop, stop trying to justify a needless war.
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. Lest we forget.[/p][/quote]It's 100 years ago Please let it drop, stop trying to justify a needless war. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -2

6:48am Fri 18 Apr 14

Excluded again says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Excluded again wrote:
On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour.

Lest we forget.
It's 100 years ago Please let it drop, stop trying to justify a needless war.
I'm not justifying the first world war. I'm reminding people of its horrors and how many young men died.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the Accrington Pals Battallion attacked the village of Serre to form a defensive flank for the rest of the British advance. The attack on Serre was a complete failure, although some of the Accrington Pals did make it as far as the village before being killed or captured. Approximately 700 men from the Accrington Pals went into action on 1 July; 585 men became casualties, 235 killed and 350 wounded in about half an hour. Lest we forget.[/p][/quote]It's 100 years ago Please let it drop, stop trying to justify a needless war.[/p][/quote]I'm not justifying the first world war. I'm reminding people of its horrors and how many young men died. Excluded again
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree