Picture this: conference and competition

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St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean, 1907
St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean, 1907

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.

Handwritten message on postcard
Handwritten message on postcard

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?

If you would like a further challenge, why not have a go at decoding the message on the postcard featured on this page? If you’re stuck, here’s one clue, and here is a solution and transcription.

Kevin Bacon, Curator of Photographs

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