The Royal Pavilion and Museums hold well over 8000 postcards relating to Brighton & Hove. Although these have been traditionally collected for the images they bear, the message sides can be just as revealing. These short handwritten messages can give a brief glimpse of what visitors and residents thought of Brighton and Hove. They also give a hint of contemporary everyday life, and personal stories that are otherwise lost.
We are collaborating with the University of Sussex on a conference entitled Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text. As part of this event we will be hosting a research seminar examining postcards from our collections. But even if you are not attending the conference, it is still possible to participate: a postcard competition is currently running until 21 January. If you’re in need of some diversion over the festive season, why not write or design your own postcard for this?
Kevin Bacon, Curator of Photographs