FREE RESOURCE for Schools and Education Settings: Photo Download
Many years ago, as part of a history module in University, I began a collection of First World War Postcards.
Last year, during a conversation with an Arts Education Officer, I mentioned this collection. We discussed the potential use of it as a resource for schools and education establishments - especially in 2014, 100 years on.
Photographs are the easiest way for us to offer this resource, although we recognise that nothing can match the first-hand experience of actually holding the original postcard.
My personal favourite is Postcard Number 12 - a silk postcard that still contains the rose (now dried and fragile) within the pocket.
I have many postcards, but the ones selected as a resource include messages on the reverse, sent by people 100 years ago. The writing on the back gives an insight into their lives and emotions.
Please complete the 'contact form' if you choose to make use of the resource.
Share, download and reproduce freely as an educational resource.
Finally, out of personal interest as an educator, I would love to hear about how the postcards have been used…and where. I can be contacted via the website or by email.
Enjoy the resource,
A special 'thank you' to Denis Sheahan (Lecturer at Anglia University, 1992-6). He inspired a love of history and a passion for connecting with people and lives in the past, present and future. I have no idea if he will ever see this post - as educators, I think we never know how our teaching can affect the lives of many others.
An update! Due to the magic of the internet and someone finding this page whilst searching for WW1 postcards, Denis was alerted to this message in 2016 and contacted me. I was able to say a personal 'thank you'.