• the first British postcard from 1870, a pre-paid postcard template with a blank front
• correspondence from Harry Brown, a rifleman in the First World War, to his mother back home in England
• original artwork produced by specialists in the saucy postcard, Bamforth & Co Ltd (featuring some deemed inappropriate for sale)
• contemporary art using postcards including pieces by North Wales-based textile artist Francesca Colussi Cramer
“We really want our visitors to be curious about the future of the postcard,” said exhibition curator Georgina Tomlinson. “An innovation of its day, people became obsessed with sending and collecting postcards, and they documented the significant and mundane of everyday life much like social media today. We hope the exhibition will evoke both a sense of nostalgia and invite our visitors to think about the different ways they connect with friends and family.”
The exhibition opened online on April 1 and, pandemic constraints permitting, will open in real life on May 20 and run until January 2, 2022. It will be accompanied by events throughout 2021 at the museum.