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For centuries letters have been key vehicles of human communication. This exhibition explores correspondence from the medieval period to the present and celebrates the letter’s enduring importance. It examines letters’ capacity to chronicle all stages and aspects of human life – from birth to death – and to capture both the personal and the professional.
It reveals how they are powerful in their abilities to connect with and impact on the lives of others. It illuminates how letters are also deeply vulnerable, fragile objects whose preservation is liable to the vicissitudes of time, fashion, and chance.
TALK: Confessions of a Romantic Letter Hunter
Image: ‘The Letter’, from Mrs [Elizabeth] Turner,
The cowslip, or, More cautionary stories in verse; with thirty engravings by Samuel Williams (1885). Briggs Collection, PZ6.7.T8
This exhibition has been jointly curated by University of Nottingham Libraries, Manuscripts and Special Collections, and Professor Lynda Pratt, School of English, University of Nottingham.
Tuesday 16 JanuaryDjanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
Dr Charlotte May will demonstrate how letters have long provided a space for artistic expression.
Thursday 29 FebruaryDjanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
Amy Wilcockson will draw on letters by Edward Lear, Jane Austen, and Thomas Campbell to discuss how – and why – they use comedy.
Wednesday 22 November-Tuesday 16 JanuaryWeston Gallery
Join us for a guided walk through the exhibition and learn about the stories behind the items on display.
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