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WW1 display shares poignant messages from Lancashire soldiers

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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.

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