On the Back of a Postcard – 28th March 2024

How was Brighton experienced, historically, as a place for flirtation and attraction? As quiz shows used to say, answers were submitted on the back of postcards. Through a survey of Brighton Museum’s c.10,000 cards, this talk reveals suggestive glimpses of Edwardian assignations on pleasure gardens and piers, written in teasing and coded messages, upside down and back-to-front, and sometimes hidden under stamps.

Annebella Pollen is giving this talk for the West Pier Trust. She is Professor of Visual and Material Culture at University of Brighton, where she researches the lives and afterlives of images and objects. She is the author of five books on art, history and photography.

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