Edwardian postcards were the original social media. There were several deliveries a day in towns and cities and postcards could arrive from early in the morning until late at night. The newly invented picture postcard was cheap and an extremely popular craze embracing all sectors of society. People could send quick, cheap attractive picture messages that would arrive within hours. Just as today, friends exchanged messages while travelling or at work. The Golden Age of picture postcards, 1902-1910 coincided with the reign of Edward VII so postcards of this period are known as Edwardian postcards. The Edwardian Picture Postcard Project at Lancaster University(Opens in new window) has a collection of over 3,000 cards, many of which involve Lancaster and the Morecambe Bay area. We have cards sent from and to the area, with a tremendously diverse range of images and messages. Combining the postcards with historical data, especially census records we have been able to trace details of many postcard users, fleshing out their life stories at the beginning of the twentieth century and seeing how postcards fitted into their daily lives.
Join Professor Julia Gillen, the project director, as she explores links between the Edwardian Picture Postcards and contemporary social media. She will introduce you to the project website and show you how you can explore your own family or local history interests. She will also show how you can contribute to this citizen humanities research project yourself.
This event is free to attend,
but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance