Postcards of Letchworth from 1905 to the present day will be on display at the Broadway Gallery this autumn in a new exhibition opening on 22 September.
Co-curated by the Broadway Gallery and the Garden City Collection, The Garden City Postcard Project centres on a selection of souvenir postcards from the Collection. Visitors can trace the history of the town, enjoying the sentimental imagery from the Edwardian era right through to some fantastically unfashionable 1970’s scenes.
Vicky Axell, Curator of the Garden City Collection said: “The postcards this exhibition really illustrate the diverse history of Letchworth and how much change it has been through since the early 20th century. The exhibition explores how Letchworth has imagined itself as a visitor destination over the years, but also how the postcards capture the unique spirit of the town in their design.”
Alongside those from the Collection, there will be new postcards on display created by local artists, designers and writers, as well as contemporary artists visiting from further afield.
Curator of the Broadway Gallery, Laura Dennis said: “The artists have been invited to take part in this unique exhibition with the challenge posed to them to create new postcards that capture their impressions of Letchworth. This might be their favourite scene in the town, a detail from a building, or even a poem or a short story. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can all come up with.
The Garden City Postcard Project runs from 22 September until 5 November. Admission is free and the Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.