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Edwardian postcards feature historical gem Boston Castle

Published on Tuesday, 26th April 2016 in Herringthorpe news

Visitors can discover more about the Edwardian era in a heritage talk to be held at Rotherham’s unique historical gem Boston Castle, on Thursday 28 April at 7pm.

The illustrated presentation is based on the Edwardian postcards collection of guest speaker, Tim Brannen, showing views of Boston Castle and Park. The talk addresses the messages contained in the postcards and some secret messages within the narrative.

Tim Brannen follows up some of the stories hinted at in the postcards and uses census material to gain an insight into the people who wrote the postcards.

Rotherham Council’s Heritage Service Projects and Development Manager Christine Evans said that the Edwardian postcards featuring Boston Castle provided an opportunity to see treasured pieces of history.

She said: “The heritage talk by Tim Brannen gives an insight into the lives of people around 100 years ago. The Edwardians communicated regularly through postcards which could be sent for a cost of a half penny.

“The messages on the cards give a voice to ordinary people in this period which we wouldn’t have otherwise. They give an indication of handwriting skills, literacy levels and writing of the day. They form the basis of tantalising stories to which there is no ending because the evidence no longer exists.”

The cost of attending the talk is £3 per person and includes a drink. No booking is required, just come along on the day. There is free parking in the area adjacent to Boston Castle Grove off Moorgate Road.

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