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'Letters from The Front’ A talk about the importance of written communications during the First World War– 30th September (22nd September 2014)

As part of the centenary commemorations for the First World War the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in partnership with the British Postal Museum & Archive is presenting a talk about the importance of communications to and from the Front Line at 3pm on Tuesday, 30th September at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, adjacent to Enginuity.

‘Letters from The Front’ will reveal how the scale of the First World War meant that communication to and from the Fighting Front was essential, both for transmitting vital messages and for sustaining the morale of the troops. Chris Taft, Head of Collections at the British Postal Museum & Archive, will talk about some of the most poignant items sent through the post during the First World War.

 Following the talk there will be a chance to look more closely at original First World War items from the British Postal Museum & Archive and take a last look at two original hand-written poems by Shropshire-born Wilfred Owen currently displayed in the Last Post: Remembering the First World War exhibition. These items, along with several others are being replaced with new material as the exhibition, which runs until March 2015, is being refreshed at the end of the month.

 Tickets for the event are free of charge but should be booked in advance either online at www.ironbridge.org.uk or by calling Richard Aldred on 01952 435900.

Last Post: Remembering the First World War is curated by the British Postal Museum & Archive in partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, next to Enginuity, entry is free.

For further information contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).