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July Newsletter
Monday 01 July 2019

Hello Everyone

Well it’s our last lecture of the year - and its title ‘Postcards from Far and Near: Picturing the 20th Century’ makes it very apt as we all head off for our summer break.

Of course, with our mobile phones, postcards have become somewhat redundant nowadays - we take and send images in an instant, along with our text messages of ‘wish you were here’! But, for over a century, postcards pictured our shared history across the globe. They documented the changing seasides, cities and architecture of different countries; they revealed social changes, fashion trends and new celebrities (especially with the rise of cinema); and  they recorded developments in forms of travel (through aviation, trains and the automobile); as well as much much more.

Many of you will have heard our lecturer, Chloe Sayer, on previous occasions. Chloe has curated exhibitions, and assisted on TV documentaries for BBC and Channel 4, as well as lecturing in many other countries, including Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. And she will use this experience to celebrate with us the history of picture postcards - those bearers of news and repositories of memories - sharing a wide range of examples of these from across the world. 

And talking of celebrations, please don’t forget that we will have our summer party directly after our lecture - where we will be serving wine (soft drinks also available), together with bowls of strawberries and cream.

But before our lecture we will have our AGM, starting at 10:15am - you will have received the agenda for this with your subscription renewal letters, together with the programme leaflet for next year, which, I hope you agree, looks really attractive and interesting. And if you bring your signed forms and cheques along to the lecture, you will be given your programme card for next year, instead of having to wait for it to be posted to you. 

We will also be selling raffle tickets (£1 for a strip of five tickets), and the winners will be announced immediately after the lecture - the proceeds from the raffle will help us support a young arts project involving youngsters with special needs.

Well, am looking forward to seeing you on 10th July - let’s hope the weather will have improved by then!

Best wishes